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Cracklands in Brazil - 15 Jan 2014
Recent and archive images of “cracklands” across Brazil. Swarms of crack users have converted entire swaths of central neighborhoods into nocturnal encampments doubling as open-air crack marketplaces.

Demand for cocaine has soared along with the economy over the past decade and fueled an abundant supply of crack now ensnaring thousands of new addicts. Legions of the addicted roam city centers across Brazil, many of them venues chosen to showcase Brazil's ascendance during the 2014 World Cup of soccer and the Olympic Games in 2016.

These images reflect what sociologists, health experts and law enforcement officials say is a rapidly growing problem that puts Brazil squarely in the center of the international drug trade. Demand for cocaine has grown among Brazilians, and in recent years the country has become a crucial path for transit of the drug as it travels from source countries in the Andes to markets in Europe and beyond.

Because of the rapid, but brief high - and crack's highly addictive nature - addicts sometimes smoke more than a dozen times a day. Though an individual hit is cheap, about the price of a candy bar, long-time users say they are willing to lose everything in exchange for another high.
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April 04, 2012
A drug user consumes crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia March 19, 2012. Many Brazilian cities...
SALVADOR DA BAHIA, Brazil
To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/
A drug user consumes crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia March 19, 2012. Many Brazilian cities now have their own "cracklands," areas of the city where swarms of crack users have converted entire neighborhoods into nocturnal encampments doubling as open-air crack markets. At nightfall throngs of stupefied buyers crowd around dealers before skulking away behind the telltale glow of cigarette lighters. Sociologists, health experts, and law enforcement officials all agree that crack use is a rapidly growing problem that puts Brazil squarely in the center of the international drug trade, just a few years ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Picture taken March 19, 2012. To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/ REUTERS/Lunae Parracho (BRAZIL - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 5 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE '24-SEVEN - CRACK IN BRAZIL'
BRAZIL-CRACK/
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April 03, 2012
A drug user consumes crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia March 19, 2012. Many Brazilian cities...
SALVADOR DA BAHIA, Brazil
To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/
A drug user consumes crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia March 19, 2012. Many Brazilian cities now have their own "cracklands," areas of the city where swarms of crack users have converted entire neighborhoods into nocturnal encampments doubling as open-air crack markets. At nightfall throngs of stupefied buyers crowd around dealers before skulking away behind the telltale glow of cigarette lighters. Sociologists, health experts, and law enforcement officials all agree that crack use is a rapidly growing problem that puts Brazil squarely in the center of the international drug trade, just a few years ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Picture taken March 19, 2012. To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/ REUTERS/Lunae Parracho (BRAZIL - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 1 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE '24-SEVEN, CRACK IN BRAZIL'
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April 03, 2012
A drug user consumes crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia March 19, 2012. Many Brazilian cities...
SALVADOR DA BAHIA, Brazil
To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/
A drug user consumes crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia March 19, 2012. Many Brazilian cities now have their own "cracklands," areas of the city where swarms of crack users have converted entire neighborhoods into nocturnal encampments doubling as open-air crack markets. At nightfall throngs of stupefied buyers crowd around dealers before skulking away behind the telltale glow of cigarette lighters. Sociologists, health experts, and law enforcement officials all agree that crack use is a rapidly growing problem that puts Brazil squarely in the center of the international drug trade, just a few years ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Picture taken March 19, 2012. To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/ REUTERS/Lunae Parracho (BRAZIL - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 2 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE '24-SEVEN - CRACK IN BRAZIL'
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May 17, 2010
A pregnant woman smokes crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia (Crackland),...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
File photo of a pregnant woman smoking crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia...
A pregnant woman smokes crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia (Crackland), March 27, 2010. After 30 years of heavy drug trafficking and abuse in the district, Sao Paulo City Hall is implementing a program to clean up Crackland but the problem is only worsening. REUTERS/Fernando Donasci/Files (BRAZIL - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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RTR2E25U
May 18, 2010
A pregnant woman smokes crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia (Crackland),...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
File photo of a pregnant woman smoking crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia...
A pregnant woman smokes crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia (Crackland), March 27, 2010. After 30 years of heavy drug trafficking and abuse in the district, Sao Paulo City Hall is implementing a program to clean up Crackland but the problem is only worsening. REUTERS/Fernando Donasci/Files (BRAZIL - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-CRACK/
RTR30B97
April 04, 2012
A pregnant crack dealer counts her money on a street in Sao Paulo March 18, 2012. Many Brazilian cities...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
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A pregnant crack dealer counts her money on a street in Sao Paulo March 18, 2012. Many Brazilian cities now have their own "cracklands," areas of the city where swarms of crack users have converted entire neighborhoods into nocturnal encampments doubling as open-air crack markets. At nightfall throngs of stupefied buyers crowd around dealers before skulking away behind the telltale glow of cigarette lighters. Sociologists, health experts, and law enforcement officials all agree that crack use is a rapidly growing problem that puts Brazil squarely in the center of the international drug trade, just a few years ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Picture taken March 18, 2012. To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/ REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)
ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 14 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE '24-SEVEN, CRACK IN BRAZIL'
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April 03, 2012
A pregnant crack dealer counts her money on a street in Sao Paulo March 18, 2012. Demand for cocaine...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
A pregnant crack dealer counts her money on a street in Sao Paulo
A pregnant crack dealer counts her money on a street in Sao Paulo March 18, 2012. Demand for cocaine has soared along with the economy over the past decade and fueled an abundant supply of crack now ensnaring thousands of new addicts. With nowhere else to go, legions of the addicted roam city centers across Brazil, many of them venues chosen to showcase Brazil's ascendance during the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games of 2016. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL)
BRAZIL-CRACK/
RTR30A4Z
April 03, 2012
A young crack addict consumes the drug on a street in Sao Paulo March 20, 2012. Demand for cocaine has...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
A young crack addict consumes the drug on a street in Sao Paulo
A young crack addict consumes the drug on a street in Sao Paulo March 20, 2012. Demand for cocaine has soared along with the economy over the past decade and fueled an abundant supply of crack now ensnaring thousands of new addicts. With nowhere else to go, legions of the addicted roam city centers across Brazil, many of them venues chosen to showcase Brazil's ascendance during the 2014 World Cup and the Olympic Games of 2016. Picture taken March 20. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)
BRAZIL-CRACK/
RTR30B9A
April 04, 2012
Crack addicts consume the drug on a street in Sao Paulo March 20, 2012. Many Brazilian cities now have...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/
Crack addicts consume the drug on a street in Sao Paulo March 20, 2012. Many Brazilian cities now have their own "cracklands," areas of the city where swarms of crack users have converted entire neighborhoods into nocturnal encampments doubling as open-air crack markets. At nightfall throngs of stupefied buyers crowd around dealers before skulking away behind the telltale glow of cigarette lighters. Sociologists, health experts, and law enforcement officials all agree that crack use is a rapidly growing problem that puts Brazil squarely in the center of the international drug trade, just a few years ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Picture taken March 20, 2012. To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/ REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 17 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE '24-SEVEN, CRACK IN BRAZIL'
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May 18, 2010
A drug user smokes crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia (Crackland),...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
A drug user smokes crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Crackland
A drug user smokes crack in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia (Crackland), March 26, 2010. After 30 years of heavy drug trafficking and abuse in the district, Sao Paulo City Hall is implementing a program to clean up Crackland but the problem is only worsening. Picture taken March 26. REUTERS/Fernando Donasci (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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RTX17E37
January 14, 2014
A man takes a bath in a child's bathtub in front of his shack, in a part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
A man takes bath in child's bathtub in front of shack, in a part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known...
A man takes a bath in a child's bathtub in front of his shack, in a part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) January 14, 2014. The city hall of Sao Paulo announced last week a program that will offer jobs and housing for the drug users in the region undergoing medical treatment. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY DRUGS HEALTH)
BRAZIL/
RTR3ADWO
November 14, 2012
A woman, identified by municipal agents as a suspected crack user, covers herself with a sheet during...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
A woman, identified by municipal agents as a suspected crack user, covers herself with a sheet during...
A woman, identified by municipal agents as a suspected crack user, covers herself with a sheet during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social Action Secretariat to bring crack addicts to shelters for rehabilitation, near the Parque Uniao slum in Rio de Janeiro November 14, 2012. Municipal agents approached people showing signs of crack abuse during the operation to offer to send them to shelters as part of the efforts by authorities to end crack use in Rio's slums, including nine areas known as Cracolandias or cracklands in the city. The exercise is mainly voluntary, except for suspects who broke the law. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY HEALTH POVERTY)
BRAZIL/
RTR3891G
September 21, 2012
A suspected crack user sleeps on the side of a railroad during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
A suspected crack user sleeps on the side of a railroad during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social...
A suspected crack user sleeps on the side of a railroad during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social Action Secretariat to bring crack addicts to shelters for rehabilitation, in the Madureira neighborhood September 21, 2012. Municipal agents approached people showing signs of crack abuse during the operation to offer to send them to the shelters as part of efforts by authorities to end crack use in Rio's slums, including 11 areas known as Cracolandias or cracklands in the city. The exercise is mainly voluntary except for suspects that broke the law. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-CRACK/
RTR30B8U
April 04, 2012
A drug trafficker shows a rock of crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia March 19, 2012. Many Brazilian...
SALVADOR DA BAHIA, Brazil
To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/
A drug trafficker shows a rock of crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia March 19, 2012. Many Brazilian cities now have their own "cracklands," areas of the city where swarms of crack users have converted entire neighborhoods into nocturnal encampments doubling as open-air crack markets. At nightfall throngs of stupefied buyers crowd around dealers before skulking away behind the telltale glow of cigarette lighters. Sociologists, health experts, and law enforcement officials all agree that crack use is a rapidly growing problem that puts Brazil squarely in the center of the international drug trade, just a few years ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Picture taken March 19, 2012. To match Feature BRAZIL-CRACK/ REUTERS/Lunae Parracho (BRAZIL - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 3 OF 24 FOR PACKAGE '24-SEVEN - CRACK IN BRAZIL'
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February 07, 2012
Fernando Silveira, 35, cries as he talks during an interview with Reuters TV in the Luz neighborhood...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Silveira cries as he talks during an interview with Reuters TV in the Luz neighborhood of Sao Paulo
Fernando Silveira, 35, cries as he talks during an interview with Reuters TV in the Luz neighborhood of Sao Paulo February 1, 2012. Brazil's surging crack cocaine epidemic prompted officials of Latin America's biggest country to launch a $2.3-billion dollar plan to curb the spread of drug abuse and trafficking by 2014. Crack users dispersed to several parts of Sao Paulo city after military police occupied the area known as "Cracolandia" (crackland). Silveira said, "To me crack is death". Picture taken February 1. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY)
BRAZIL/
RTR3891M
September 21, 2012
Suspected crack users react during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social Action Secretariat to bring...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Suspected crack users react during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social Action Secretariat to bring...
Suspected crack users react during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social Action Secretariat to bring crack addicts to shelters for rehabilitation, in the Madureira neighborhood September 21, 2012. Municipal agents approached people showing signs of crack abuse during the operation to offer to send them to the shelters as part of efforts by authorities to end crack use in Rio's slums, including 11 areas known as Cracolandias or cracklands in the city. The exercise is mainly voluntary except for suspects that broke the law. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY)
BRAZIL/
RTR3ADWL
November 14, 2012
A woman, who was feeling sick and was identified by municipal agents as a suspected crack user, is carried...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
A woman, who was feeling sick and was identified by municipal agents as a suspected crack user, is carried...
A woman, who was feeling sick and was identified by municipal agents as a suspected crack user, is carried to a municipal vehicle during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social Action Secretariat to bring crack addicts to shelters for rehabilitation, near the Parque Uniao slum in Rio de Janeiro November 14, 2012. Municipal agents approached people showing signs of crack abuse during the operation to offer to send them to shelters as part of the efforts by authorities to end crack use in Rio's slums, including nine areas known as Cracolandias or cracklands in the city. The exercise is mainly voluntary, except for suspects who broke the law. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL/
RTR39913
October 17, 2012
A municipal agent detains a boy, who agents say is a suspected crack user, during an operation by Rio...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
A municipal agent detains a suspected crack user during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social Action...
A municipal agent detains a boy, who agents say is a suspected crack user, during an operation by Rio de Janeiro's Social Action Secretariat to bring crack addicts to shelters for rehabilitation, near Parque Uniao slum October 17, 2012. Municipal agents approached people showing signs of crack abuse during the operation to offer to send them to the shelters as part of efforts by authorities to end crack use in Rio's slums, including 11 areas known as Cracolandias or cracklands in the city. The exercise is mainly voluntary except for suspects that broke the law. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY CRIME LAW)
BRAZIL/
RTR2E26G
May 18, 2010
Reuters photographer Paulo Whitaker photographs crack dealers and users from inside an abandoned building...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Reuters photographer Whitaker photographs crack dealers and users from inside an abandoned building in...
Reuters photographer Paulo Whitaker photographs crack dealers and users from inside an abandoned building in the part of Sao Paulo's Luz neighborhood known as Cracolandia (Crackland), April 28, 2010. After 30 years of heavy drug trafficking and abuse in the district, Sao Paulo City Hall is implementing a program to clean up Crackland but the problem is only worsening. Picture taken April 28. REUTERS/Fernando Donasci (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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