National Geographic : 2004 Jul
In cocaine country, goods and services can be purchased with either pesos or base. Flush with cash, a local offers a fisherman 10,000 pesos-about four dollars-for boca chico,the catch of the day (right). Waiting to see the doctor in Penas Coloradas, two pros titutes (below) have CASH AND COKE CIRCULATE SIDE BY SIDE brought a bag of base to settle their bill-the same cur rency they received from clients. If they pass their weekly, FARC-mandated medical exam, the doctor will give them a permit to work the next week end. Later he'll sell the base to a dealer for hard cash.