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MBANDAKA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO APRIL 12: Nicolette Bopunza, age 14, a young prostitute stand outside her house on April 12, 2006 in the port in Mbandaka, Congo, DRC. She lives and works in the port, and she stays with three other girls in the same age in a small room. Nicolette and her friends charge about 50 cents for sex and about US$ 2 for a whole night. Their clients are mainly dockworkers and crewmembers on visiting boats. The Congo River is a lifeline for millions of people, who depend on it for transport and trade. Congo is planning to hold general elections by July 2006, the first democratic elections in forty years. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)
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