On September 24, 2014 nola.com (the online version of Louisiana newspaper the Times Picayune) published an article titled “Baton Rouge prostitution sting nets arrest of 14.” The three-sentence piece stated that the detectives targeted street-level prostitution in an effort to “crack down” in areas of high crime.

The article proceeded to list the full name, age and arrest address of each of the fourteen persons apprehended, along with a mugshot.

The dehumanizing manner in which these individuals were represented filled me with horror and despair. These drawings were made as a private gesture to show empathy for these sex workers who were so repulsively exploited, and in an attempt to reveal the subjects’ inner beauty.

http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Tenieta_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Crystal_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Lloyd_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Tonquincia_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Jarvis_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Selena_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Tarsheetka_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Shanna_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Misty_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Michelle_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Jaqueline_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Zena_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Lorena_web.jpg
http://nina-schwanse.com/files/gimgs/th-7_Joseph_web.jpg