miguelcandela Miguel Candela

Miguel Candela (Spain, 1985), specializes in the human drama of life, is rest- less in his intentions to satisfy his personal requirements in capturing still images, the colour and reactions of people, places & events. Shows the public in images, the diversity of humanity from their way of life, practices, homes, beliefs, tra- ditions, relations, costumes, and reactions to issues or general situations of the time. To be a photographer helped him to perceive the world not as how it is but the way is lived, without boundaries to enable him to comprehend his surroundings, to respect other cultures and their ways of thinking. Photography opened him into news horizons and value has his or her individual unique history, every individual has an intriguing story to tell.” Candela has travelled extensively and spent extended periods in various countries in order to photo-document the people and their community way of life in Mali, Kenya, the Philip- pines, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mongolia and across China, and in his current base of operations in Hong Kong. Miguel’s photographs have been published in Al Jazeera, El País, CNN, CNNGo, Spiegel, South China Morning Post (SCMP), Grupo Vocento, Piel de Foto, La Voz de Galicia among others.

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Made in China Container Harbor Aerial...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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India' Third Gender
New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
19 Jun 2017

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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BUILDING EGOS
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2017

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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A Contemporary Hell: Life Inside a Ba...
Faridpur, Bangladesh
By Miguel Candela
07 Mar 2015

Prostitution in Bangladesh has been legal since the year 2000. However, as Bangladesh is a conservative Muslim country, prostitution carries negative social stigmas. Despite this, severe poverty and economic stagnation have forced women previously employed in other sectors to become prostitutes. Furthermore, many sex workers are underage and child prostitution is rife. Female sex workers are often abused and and always underpaid, earning as little as $0.50 per customer.

However, there is growing awareness among sex workers and they have started to organize themselves in unions. One organization of sex workers is called the “Prostitute Association of Faridfur,” founded in Faridpur district, near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. These associations were formed to establish a “union” among sex workers and protect them from abuse. Despite the face of a unified force in having associations to represent these sex workers, radical Islamic conservatives have openly condemned these women. In 2010, these radicals burned a brothel to the ground. That incident injured two women and left all of the other tenants homeless. 

These photos offer intimate portraits of women who's daily lives consist of abuse and exploitation as they struggle to survive on the fringes of one of the poortest societies on earth. 

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Domestic Workers Face 'Modern Slavery...
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
01 Mar 2015

320,000 migrant women are exposed to all kinds of physical and psychological abuse in the domestic service sector of Hong Kong. This story is a testimony of their experiences and struggles.

After being repeatedly abused and realizing that her situation would not improve, in a desperate attempt, Kamsiah ran away from her employer's house without money or documentation. Subsequently she was accused of stealing her employer's wallet which was said to contain around 900 US Dollars. Unfortunately, false accusations are a common practice to pressure migrant workers and avoid paying the wages owed to them. Barefooted, without money nor documentation, she sought refuge in a 24-hour fast food restaurant and waited until another compatriot helped her and took her to a shelter.

Esther C. Bangkawayan is the director of Bethune House shelter, where foreign domestic helpers who suffer abuse find shelter, food, and legal advice. They now house about a dozen women in trouble, but at times they even have to squeeze around 20 people in the small house nestled beside a church in Kowloon. A domestic helper herself, Esther is campaigning the government to scrap two rules she deems unfair: one which forbids employees from changing their employers more than three times a year, and another one which doesn’t allow them from changing to work at another sector of the economy.

42 year old filipino domestic helper Grace signed a misleading labour contract to work in Hong Kong but she instead ended up in Dalian, a northeast Chinese city 1,979 km far from Hong Kong. After confronting her employer about the situation, Grace was put into a return flight to Hong Kong without her pending salary and with only 200 RMB in her wallet. Grace has made now a formal complaint against the recruitment agency which made her labour contract. However, she is not very optimistic regarding her chances of recovering the debt of 40,000 pesos she currently has in the Philippines.

Eni Lestari, Indonesian, is the spokesperson for the Justice for Erwiana Committee. A domestic helper herself, she hopes to get justice for one of her compatriots, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, who came to Hong Kong seeking for a better life and future but instead found a form of modern slavery. Erwiana’€™s employers hit her so severely that her brain has sustained irreversible injuries. As a result, she is unable to walk properly and has blurred vision. Her employer punched Erwiana so violently that her teeth cracked. She was sent to Indonesia with her body full of bruises and 8 US dollars in her pocket. Outraged immigrants like Lestari demand now justice and prison for her attackers. The Court has already declared them guilty and sentence is pending.

On Sundays thousands of Indonesian women gather in the streets and public spaces around Hong Kong to take advantage of their only day off. Most take their own food and an umbrella and talk to their friends all day long.

“€œWe barely have any money, so we have to take our lunch from our employer's house and sit in any public space that we can so we can enjoy our leisure time with our friends,”€ said Kamsiah.

To enjoy their free time and to get to know other immigrant workers in Hong Kong, immigrant groups organize activities for the women, such as beauty contests and self-defense classes in Victoria Park.  Persaudaraan Setia Hati Terate Fight Club teaches women to protect themselves from abusive employers.

Not only helping the women get away from the world of domestic work for the little time they have off or boosting their ability to defend themselves, such activities are the only social contact many have; and friends made during Sundays can be of great importance when difficulties arise.

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Occupy Central Demonstrators Clash wi...
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
26 Sep 2014

A new era of disobedience in Hong Kong started 4 days after a student strike was officially declared on September 22. On Friday 26, supporters of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement occupied government headquarters. Their discontent began when China refused to reconsider the existing Hong Kong electoral reform. Protesters began to demand that people to freely choose the city's next leader in 2017. Even though the upcoming election would allow Hong Kong citizens to vote for the first time, the current system restricts the number of candidates, who need to secure support from at least 50% of the 1,200 members on a nominating committee. Their numbers will be capped in any given race at two or three candidates. Hong Kong has enjoyed political autonomy and freedom since its return from British to Chinese rule in 1997 under a formula known as "one country, two systems." Chinese leaders agreed then that the chief executive would be chosen by "universal suffrage" in 2017 but Beijing has not kept its promises. The historical, unprecedented and massive occupations in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon want to put pressure on the government by limiting the city's capabilities and commerce. Seeking for "true" universal suffrage and democracy in a peaceful and organized manner, protesters barricaded themselves in key touristic and economic areas. Protestors conveniently armed themselves with umbrellas, which subsequently became the rallying symbol with the catchy name Umbrella Revolution, to deflect volleys of pepper spray by police and as protection in sunny and wet weather. An overwhelmed police force and government have shown their lack of experience in handling peaceful protestors when they resorted to what some are calling unnecessary force on September 28 when 87 cans of tear gas were fired. Many citizens are starting to question whether protestors can maintain their momentum and keep putting pressure on the government or if civil disobedience may backfire and cause waves of hatred between anti- and pro-Occupy movement citizens. Whatever the result may be after the demonstrations, a new era in Hong Kong may be on the horizon.

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Occupy Central Demonstrators Clash wi...
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
07 Oct 2014

A new era of disobedience in Hong Kong started 4 days after a student strike was officially declared on September 22. On Friday 26, supporters of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement occupied government headquarters. Their discontent began when China refused to reconsider the existing Hong Kong electoral reform. Protesters began to demand that people to freely choose the city's next leader in 2017. Even though the upcoming election would allow Hong Kong citizens to vote for the first time, the current system restricts the number of candidates, who need to secure support from at least 50% of the 1,200 members on a nominating committee. Their numbers will be capped in any given race at two or three candidates. Hong Kong has enjoyed political autonomy and freedom since its return from British to Chinese rule in 1997 under a formula known as "one country, two systems." Chinese leaders agreed then that the chief executive would be chosen by "universal suffrage" in 2017 but Beijing has not kept its promises. The historical, unprecedented and massive occupations in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon want to put pressure on the government by limiting the city's capabilities and commerce. Seeking for "true" universal suffrage and democracy in a peaceful and organized manner, protesters barricaded themselves in key touristic and economic areas. Protestors conveniently armed themselves with umbrellas, which subsequently became the rallying symbol with the catchy name Umbrella Revolution, to deflect volleys of pepper spray by police and as protection in sunny and wet weather. An overwhelmed police force and government have shown their lack of experience in handling peaceful protestors when they resorted to what some are calling unnecessary force on September 28 when 87 cans of tear gas were fired. Many citizens are starting to question whether protestors can maintain their momentum and keep putting pressure on the government or if civil disobedience may backfire and cause waves of hatred between anti- and pro-Occupy movement citizens. Whatever the result may be after the demonstrations, a new era in Hong Kong may be on the horizon.

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Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
05 Apr 2018

New Residential buildings seen under construction in the Kowloon Bay area of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has the highest levels of income disparity in the developed world. In recent years, the situation among the poor has gotten worse, resulting in an increasing number of unemployed young adults and single elderly.

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Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
11 Mar 2018

Hong Kong skyline view seen from Kowloon Bay area of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has the highest levels of income disparity in the developed world. In recent years, the situation among the poor has gotten worse, resulting in an increasing number of unemployed young adults and single elderly.

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Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
01 Apr 2018

New Residential buildings seen under construction in the Kowloon Bay area of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has the highest levels of income disparity in the developed world. In recent years, the situation among the poor has gotten worse, resulting in an increasing number of unemployed young adults and single elderly.

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Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
01 Apr 2018

New Residential buildings seen under construction in the Kowloon Bay area of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has the highest levels of income disparity in the developed world. In recent years, the situation among the poor has gotten worse, resulting in an increasing number of unemployed young adults and single elderly.

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Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
01 Apr 2018

New Residential buildings seen under construction in the Kowloon Bay area of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has the highest levels of income disparity in the developed world. In recent years, the situation among the poor has gotten worse, resulting in an increasing number of unemployed young adults and single elderly.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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Aerial (Drone) Shot Hong Kong, China,...
Tsing Yi Island, Container Terminal
By Miguel Candela
30 Mar 2018

Aerial view of container terminal in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Container Terminals is the sixth busiest container port in the world. It handled over 20 million TEUs in 2017.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

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BUILDING EGOS
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding (June 12th) Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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BUILDING EGOS
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding (June 12th) Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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BUILDING EGOS
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding (June 12th) Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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BUILDING EGOS
Hong Kong
By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding (June 12th) Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.

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By Miguel Candela
12 Jun 2016

Nervousness, stiffness, doubt, anxiety, and intimidation are just some of most elemental emotions that bodybuilders face before going onstage. Competitors have been waiting to take part in the HKCBBA Hong Kong Bodybuilding Championships for a year. A year of hard work and sacrifices to accomplish the ultimate trophy.