Gang Member | Head On Photo Festival

Gang Member

Photographer's Name: 
Patrick Tombola

San Salvador, El Salvador, 11.06.2015: A cell inmate in the district of Soyapango, photographed following a night time police raid in search of MS-13 members. Alleged gang members are handcuffed, identified and then put into the bartolina, an overcrowded temporary cell at police headquarters. Cells that should house 40 inmates house have double that, and are divided according to gang membership. All inmates in the bartolinas are awaiting conviction and many complain of being held for up to 2 years without trial.

Festival Year: 
2016