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Britain’s Prince Harry tours Brazil’s ‘crackland’

Britain's Prince Harry, top left, speaks with people who take part in a social project that aims to reduce drug addiction in an area known as "Crackland" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo) Britain's Prince Harry, top left, speaks with people who take part in a social project that aims to reduce drug addiction in an area known as "Crackland" in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo)
Associated Press | Sao Paulo | Posted: June 30, 2014 11:16 am

Britain’s Prince Harry has come to “crackland,” rubbing shoulders with addicts in Brazil’s biggest city.

Thursday’s tour of the central Sao Paulo area was meant to help the prince learn about programs aimed at helping addicts leave drugs and find work.

As the prince strolled through the streets accompanied by local officials and a heavy security detail, barefoot women clutching improvised crack pipes shouted that they wanted to get closer.

One of the men in the program is Helio Roque, who earns $7 a day cleaning streets. He clambered atop a trash can to grab a glimpse of the prince.

Sao Paulo authorities said the prince promised no aid.

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