These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Lee Jeffries works as a full-time accountant, but his real vocation lies elsewhere. Jeffries is an artist and photographer who travels around the world, striving to reveal through his work the human face of drug addiction, the reality of homelessness and the real face of sheer poverty.

The artist’s latest project took him to Overtown, a district of Miami, Florida where he captured the haunting images you will see below. There he met a porn star living with five other homeless women. “She is a human being”, Jeffries said of her, “she looks out for other people. She is so much more than the labels”.

Here is what Jeffries saw.

1. Former porn star Margo Stevens.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

2. Ms. Stevens (right) was a successful adult film star in the 1990s, living a comfortable life from the money she made, supplementing by working as an escort. Today she lives in the streets of the Overtown district of Miami, in an abandoned garage with five other girls, who sell their bodies for sex to feed their drug addictions.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

3. In two weeks, Jeffries delved beyond the labels that are so readily used to define Ms. Stevens and others. He looked past the ‘prostitute’, the ‘homeless down and out’ and instead reveals Ms. Stevens to be a mother-figure who reaches out to the younger women around her, offering advice, shelter and a friend to turn to. Pictured is a woman called Trish, who works on the streets using the name ‘Snow’.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

4. Far from being able to distance himself from his art, Jeffries is immersed in it. He admits, the project touched him, leaving him angry at the way the adult film industry exploits women like Ms. Stevens. Sex worker Trish is pictured without the wig she wears, when she assumes her alter ego Snow (picture above).

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

5. Through his pictures, Jeffries uncovers stories of survival, women driven to selling their bodies as a means of feeding their addiction struggling through life with nowhere else to turn. Pictured is Brittany.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

6. The girls in Overtown survive. Labelled “crack whores” some will use their bodies to get the next $10 fix and are often treated worse than stray dogs by the men there. Jeffries said: ‘I don’t judge Margo,’ he said. ‘She is in a spiral for whatever reason, it is not important. She chooses not to help herself and maybe the grip of her addiction is such that she can’t. She understands what she is doing, the life she is living. She understands the choices she makes, she just cannot see a way out.’

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

7. Jeffries hopes his latest series of portraits, of which Ms. Stevens has become the focus, will help to raise awareness of people like Ms. Stevens, those struggling to face the reality of poverty, addiction and living on the streets. Pictured is Latoria.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

8. Ms. Stevens is not alone in her hardship. Though each has a distinct and unique voice, there are millions of people across the world like Ms. Stevens, real people with nowhere to call home. Pictured is Latoria.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

9. Of his work, Jeffries said: ‘This is a small ripple but it is significant in terms of what one person can do’.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

10. Mr. Jeffries’ new book ‘Lost Angels’ is available through Yellow Korner and more examples of his work can be seen on his Facebook page. Homeless man John is often spotted on Lincoln in South Beach making flowers out of palm leaves for tourists.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

11. An auction of images in Paris in March raised 20,000 euros for a homeless charity.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

12. Jeffries’ work will appear in episode 256, entitled Shooter, of NCIS airing in the U.S. on April 29. Pictured is Smoke, he has been shot three times, once in the face a few years ago.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

13. Another of Jeffries subjects is Cowboy, who sleeps rough on the streets of Overtown.

These Are The Haunting Faces Of Human Misery In The U.S. Take One Look And You Will Never Forget Them.

Source: The Daily Mail.

Share these haunting faces of human misery with your friends to remind them that there are people much less fortunate than themselves, even in our otherwise affluent society.