Tijuana, Mexico is one of the most fascinating yet dangerous places in the world. It is found near the southern portion of the California because it is considered a border city. Aside from being a bustling industrial and economic zone for Mexico, Tijuana also has its own dark characteristics. The city is infamous for illegal drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, and prostitution. So, amidst the nightlife, some people visit Tijuana to have not only some good times dancing and drinking around, but also drugs that might not be available in their own countries. In the story below, you will see how various people are affected by the social ills of Tijuana City.
She is a heroin addict, as can be seen from the picture where she is holding a syringe in her mouth just before she takes some of the drug. When a woman is addicted to injecting drugs and has unsafe sex with a fellow drug-addicted male, she is more likely to develop HIV.
By working in Tijuana's red light district in the streets, Fernanda Sanchez is more exposed to HIV infections. Both transgender men and women have the highest infection rates in Tijuana when it comes to HIV. Thankfully, Fernanda uses condoms, although some of the clients refuse to have safe sex.
Here, we can see Sergio Borrego attempting to place a net over the face of 51-year-old Pedro Robles, who passed away because of AIDS. Sergio works at an AIDS hospice in Tijuana. Since the Mexican government has problems with its bureaucratic practices, Pedro was unable to get his medications in time.
Due to a drug overdose, a man passed away in El Bordo, which is near the Tijuana River Canal that can be seen from the United States border.
He may not have actual breasts, but Oscar becomes Alessandra at night to perform at Tijuana's clubs and work in the streets of the red light district. During the day, he is known more as Beto and is simply regarded as a gay individual.
Just like other sex workers in Tijuana, Oscar Villareal takes crystal meth because it is considered as an effective aphrodisiac.
While Sergio and his pals were having fun in Tijuana, he was arrested and is now in jail. Sergio is the guy on the left who is lying down. His wife named Araceli died when they were still in the HIV/AIDS hospice. Now, Eduardo, their son, lives in an orphanage.
Now that his mother has passed away due to a sexually transmitted disease and since his father is in jail, Eduardo is residing in an orphanage.
43-year-old Salome lives in a manhole along with four other people. He started taking heroin when he was still around 20-years-old and has been sent to rehabilitation six times. What makes him prone to HIV infection is the fact that he almost regularly takes heroin using a syringe that was already utilized by another drug user.
The 53-year-old Martha Patricia also works in the red light district of Tijuana as a prostitute. When she underwent a medical test to see if she had HIV or not in 2012, it was revealed that she was HIV positive.