Age: 28 years old
Crime: Transporting 3 kilograms of cocaine paste
Sentence: 8 years
Location: Cochabamba, Bolivia
When her father was released, the family faced economic and domestic hardships.
Back in Bolivia, a friend offered Nayeli $1,000 to swallow capsules filled with cocaine and to travel to Chile.
Upon her release, Nayeli was in debt and had very little income. She decided to again transport drugs to support her son.
In a month she will be eligible to work outside of the prison during the day. After taking night classes she and 24 other inmates will obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma.
The Andean Information Network and WOLA
Interviewers and Editorial Assistance:
Kathryn Ledebur, Ana Carolina Gálvez, and Ariel Pueyo Encinas
Special Thanks To:
The women of San Sebastian Prison
The administration at the San Sebastian Women’s Prison
The Bolivian Penitentiary System
This photo essay was produced with support from Open Society Foundations and the Libra Foundation.