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They've done nothing to earn a prison sentence but the poverty and violence of jail are the first impressions scores of Argentinian children who are born in custody have of life.
A heart-wrenching collection of photographs has captured the South American women raising their children behind bars.
The number of women doing time in Argentina has skyrocketed in the past 20 years, and around a third of all female inmates, who are crammed into small complexes with poor facilities, arrive either pregnant or with young children, whom they are allowed to raise there until the age of four.
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Locked up: Silvia Rodas, right, talks with her four-year-old daughter Anahi inside her cell at the Unidad (Unit) 33 prison in Los Hornos, near La Plata in October 17, 2007

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Visit: Anahi, 9, right, plays with her mother Silvia Rodas, 25, left, during a visit to the prison where her mother is serving a 15-year sentence in Bahia Blanca October 14, 2012

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Sad life: Four-year-old Milagros, pictured, peers at her mother Valeria Cigara, 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, in Magdalena August 19, 2012

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The majority of the prisoners are doing time for drug trafficking, robbery or homicide, but their babies are innocent.

However, for many of them, the prison ends up being on their birth certificate, acting as a reminder of the life they were born into which, in most cases, follows them throughout their lives.

Photographer Carolina Camps shot a selection of women and the children they raised in prison for an eye-opening look at this difficult way of life.

She captured Sandra Valdez with her eight-month-old daughter Nicole at the Unidad prison in Los Hornos, near La Plata in 2007, and revisited the family late last year, in the slum on the outskirts of Buenos Aires where they live now.
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Comfort: Sandra Valdez, with her eight-month-old daughter Nicole, looks through bars at the Unidad (Unit) 33 prison in Los Hornos, near La Plata October 13, 2007. For many of the women, their children are their only 'possessions'

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Hard life: Prisoner Valeria Cigara, 28, looks out from the window of her cell where she is awaiting trial for her fourth case of robbery, in Magdalena August 21, 2012

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Strange existence: Valeria Cigara, 28, left, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, plays with her four-year-old daughter Milagros in Magdalena, August 19, 2012

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Behind bars: Valeria Cigara, 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, looks through the bars in Magdalena August 21, 2012

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