This is Christy. She came to Tijuana in the late 90s for "the cheap drugs" and has lived here ever since. She told me that yes, she's an addict (heroin is her drug of choice; she shoots it in her neck) but that she's also addicted to Zona Norte. There's "always something going on", she says.
The tattoo on her chest says "Take a Chance on Me". She told me there is a free clinic nearby that will remove tattoos for people who want to start over. She said she's considering having it removed.
This is a typical working outfit for Christy. She says she doesn't bother with the typical "ho shoes" as the sidewalks are a mess in Zona Norte and standing in them is uncomfortable. Regardless, she has quite a few clients including several regulars. She also told me that one morning, she had come down from her hotel room with her Maltese dog to take him out for a quick pee. She was wearing footie-pajamas as it was cold out. One of the mongers saw her just steps outside her hotel doorway and asked if she was working. She said, "You want a date?" He did and up they went.
"It takes all kinds," she says of the encounter.