the smell on the street
“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.” -William Wilberforce
In a world so rundown with distraction, it is easy to choose ignorance over knowledge. For some, it is a conscious choice to bury their head in the sand. For others, it is a lack of tangible experiences. The sights, sounds, and smells of the sex trade create a memory that is not easily erased. Many people have a heart for justice, but do not have any experience that can aid in comprehending the weight of the red-light district. For everyone that is choosing to say “no” to ignorance, let us paint a picture of this injustice found on Walking Street.
Advancing onto the street, it smells like poverty covered by foreign money. The smells of sewage, garbage, and body odor are coyly masked by intense perfumes. It reeks of deception. The street is shabby, at best. It is thick with humidity and pollution. Littered with fast food wrappers, beer bottles, fake eyelashes, and condoms. It is obvious that there has been an effort to cover up the dirt with flashy decoys. With each bar that is passed, a new song blares into the street. Their rhythms in a constant battle to be heard; mixing together like oil and water. The street’s only lights are artificially flashing from each of the bars. The strobes of red, blue, and green are illuminating the faces of the men; the bodies of the women.