In a toilet just few metres from border crossing she is preparing packets of cigarettes to be smuggled from Ukraine to Poland. There are hundreds of such people, as well as cars , bikes and buses, all loaded with traffickers. Who pays the bribe, usually passes the border. Everyone pays and everyone takes, there is even local mafia pushing you in front of waiting cars line for a fee. All custom officers probably are corrupt, but they have to, it is widely know that they have monthly share to pay to their bosses, thousands of dollars, and their bosses to higher ones, this time hundreds of thousands, and by the time it reaches Kiev, capital of Ukraine, the top people get millions. The structure is like a mafia, only it consists of state officials. The biggest palaces on both sides of the border belong to customs officers, but people like this woman at least can make a living traversing the frontier several times a day. If you aim higher, in Poland, unofficial sum to pay to get a job on entry level in customs is 10 000 USD.
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markoci (3933) 2006-05-23 5:04
a great docu shot, i like the thick frame of the door and the wall, the way you stole the moment.. i wonder how you feel about showing her face (not judging, just curious... perhaps a rhetoric question, i understand she's just a small fish..)
greg (2835) 2006-05-23 5:18
Would be great to publish a photo-story on this one...
ktanska (28373) 2006-05-23 5:57
It's a grat document shot, accompanied with a good note. And so sad for the country itself.
Uncropped real-life style fits well here.
eleparc (24063) 2006-05-23 6:05
This is precisely what scares me about Ukraine, and why i don't think they are elligible for the EU... too much mafia and corruption. A great interesting photo swiatek!
kajspice (4542) 2006-05-23 6:18
I think your position makes all the difference here...the two doors really give off the impression that she didn't know you were there...
A fascinating capture and deserves more credit than I can give...
hajle (1087) 2006-05-24 3:49
fajna fotka; tym razem Nygus atakuje z wnetrza pomieszczenia, i przywala Prawda O Zyciu, w zdjeciu, w notce, wszedzie Prawda O Zyciu...smutna, bolesna, ciezka do przegryzienia i finalnego strawienia;;;takie realia Sarmackiego spoleczenstwa;