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Crying Meri

45. Rose, 21, a sex worker from “ten kina street” (five dollar street), Lae, Morobe Province. Rose left her house in Mendi after a year of living with a boyfriend who constantly beat her. Having found no support from her family and no protection from the police, Rose went to Lae in search of a better life. After weeks of unsuccessful searches for housing and employment, she became a “two kina meri” (one dollar women). Rose earns from 30 to 100 kina a day (15 to 50 dollars) and saves the money for purchasing her own house in one of the Lae’s settlements.

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