Girls of Recife is part two of a major feature story called Brazilian Street Diary.
Set in the violent and dangerous northern port city of Recife, it was the center of unemployment and European sex trade making for a tragic combination.  I spent three months on the streets with various groups of girls.
The very young survived in street gangs with drugs and crime while the older girls turned to prostitution.
Midnight on Avenida Rio Branco on the Recife waterfront : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Midnight on Avenida Rio Branco on the Recife waterfront
Midnight on the waterfront, Ana and Jackie waiting for customers : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Midnight on the waterfront, Ana and Jackie waiting for customers
Luci performing at the Zona Franca Club  : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Luci performing at the Zona Franca Club
Backstage Luci catches her breath between performances : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Backstage Luci catches her breath between performances
Sunday finds Luci with her 5 year old daughter. Her mother is raising her to keep her away from Luci's life-style : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Sunday finds Luci with her 5 year old daughter. Her mother is raising her to keep her away from Luci's life-style
Transvestites troll for customers at 1 AM : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Transvestites troll for customers at 1 AM
Ana dreaming of the handsome American sailor who didn't show as promised : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Ana dreaming of the handsome American sailor who didn't show as promised
13 year old Fia hangs out with her friends while high on glue : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
13 year old Fia hangs out with her friends while high on glue
Fia floats in a glue induced high, her glue bottle hanging from her lips : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Fia floats in a glue induced high, her glue bottle hanging from her lips
15 year old Mary gets a forbidden kiss from fellow inmate in Juvenile Detention Center : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
15 year old Mary gets a forbidden kiss from fellow inmate in Juvenile Detention Center
Abandoned Rail Car : FEATURE: The Girls of Recife : Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
Abandoned Rail Car