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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. Valdez has nine children from three different relationships, and now lives with a fourth partner in a slum on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, receiving subsidies to help feed three of her youngest kids. Valdez was pregnant with Nicole in 2006 when she was sentenced to two years in...

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Nicole, 5, gestures as her mother Sandra Valdez, 40, styles her hair before going to kindergarten at their home in Buenos Aires September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez, 40, who spent almost two years in prison for drug trafficking, dresses her daughter Nicole, 5, as her son Leonel sleeps at home in Buenos Aires, September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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A Bible belonging to Sandra Valdez, 40, who spent almost two years in prison for drug trafficking, lies next to a photo of her daughter Nicole, 5, at home in Buenos Aires, September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez, 40, feeds her child Leonel (L) as her daughter Nicole (C), 5, sits next to her at their home in Buenos Aires September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez, 40, prepares a hot drink alongside three of her children (L - R) Nicole, Leonel and Ezequiel at their home in Buenos Aires September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez, 40, who spent almost two years in prison for drug trafficking, sports a tattoo on her fingers that spell the word "Love", outside her home in Buenos Aires, September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez, 40, combs her five-year-old daughter Nicole's hair at their home in Buenos Aires September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez, 40, sweeps outside her home in Buenos Aires September 5, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez, 40, plays with her daughter Nicole, 5, at their home in Buenos Aires September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Nicole, 5, daughter of Sandra Valdez (not seen), 40, looks at snails outside her home in Buenos Aires September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez, 40, looks out through the gates of her home in Buenos Aires September 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Nicole (R), 5, daughter of Sandra Valdez, 40, holds a teddy bear outside her home in Buenos Aires September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Sandra Valdez (L), 40, who spent almost two years in prison for drug trafficking, walks with her children Leonel (in stroller) and Nicole (2nd R), 5, and her grandson (R) near their home in Buenos Aires, September 11, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Silvia Rodas talks with her four-year-old daughter Anahi inside her cell at the Unidad (Unit) 33 prison in Los Hornos, near La Plata in this October 17, 2007 file photo. Rodas was convicted of robbery and attempted homicide at the age of 19 and has since done stints in all the prisons in Buenos Aires province after being moved around due to bad conduct. She ended up in Bahia Blanca, the last prison that would accept her. Her...

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Anahi, 9, holds a flower for her mother Silvia Rodas (not seen), 25, during a visit to the prison in Bahia Blanca October 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Anahi (R), 9, shares a moment with her mother Silvia Rodas, 25, and grandfather Carlos (L) during a visit to meet her mother who is serving a 15-year sentence prison in Bahia Blanca October 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Anahi, 9, plays with her mother Silvia Rodas, 25, during a visit to the prison where her mother is serving a 15-year sentence in Bahia Blanca October 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Anahi (bottom R), 9, shares a moment with her mother Silvia Rodas (center R), 25, and grandfather Carlos during a visit to her mother who is serving a 15-year sentence prison in Bahia Blanca October 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Prisoner Silvia Rodas (L) dances with her daughter Anahi, 9, during a visit by Anahi to the prison where Rodas is serving a 15-year sentence for robbery and attempted homicide, in Bahia Blanca, 350 miles (563 km) south of Buenos Aires, October 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Anahi, 9, reads with her mother Silvia Rodas, 25, who is serving a 15-year sentence in prison in Bahia Blanca October 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Anahi, 9, hugs her mother Silvia Rodas, 25, after visiting her at the prison where she is serving a 15-year sentence, while a prison guard (R) stands nearby in Bahia Blanca October 14, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Silvia Rodas (L), 25, hugs her girlfriend Yesica, nicknamed 'Guachin', in prison in Bahia Blanca October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Silvia Rodas (R), 25, listens to her girlfriend Yesica, nicknamed 'Guachin', in their cell area inside a prison, in Bahia Blanca October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Silvia Rodas (R), 25, lies in bed with her girlfriend Yesica in their shared cell in Bahia Blanca, 350 miles (563 km) south of the capital Buenos Aires October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero, who is currently under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, poses with her then one-year-old son Lautaro inside a jail in Buenos Aires October 13, 2007. Romero survives by selling household items through the window of her kitchen 24 hours a day, which is her only contact with the outside world. Romero was pregnant with her son Lautaro in 2005 when she was convicted and raised...

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Julia Romero (C), 42, who is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, embraces her boyfriend Oscar (R) as they are watched by her six-year-old son Lautaro at their home in Buenos Aires July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero, 42, who is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, smokes inside her home in Buenos Aires August 10, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero (bottom window), 42, who is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, waits for customers inside her home while her six-year-old son Lautaro (top floor) stands on the flat roof of their house in Buenos Aires July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero, 42, who is currently under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, waits for customers at her kiosk in Buenos Aires August 10, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero, 42, who is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, serves a customer in her home in Buenos Aires, July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero, 42, who is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, shows a scar on her stomach from a stab wound she received in jail, at her home in Buenos Aires August 10, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero, who is currently under house arrest serving the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, puts on makeup at home in Buenos Aires, July 8, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero, 42, who is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, kisses her six-year-old son Lautaro from their home in Buenos Aires August 10, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Six-year-old Lautaro, whose mother Julia Romero (not seen), 42, is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, watches television in his home in Buenos Aires July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero, who is currently under house arrest serving the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, reacts to pain from health problems at home in Buenos Aires, July 28, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero (back C), who is currently under house arrest serving the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, hugs her boyfriend Oscar while her son Lautaro, 6, sleeps in their home in Buenos Aires, July 11, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero (L), 42, who is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, presents herself at a police station in Buenos Aires August 10, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Julia Romero (C), 42, who is under house arrest to serve the last 11 years of an 18-year sentence for homicide, lies in bed with her boyfriend Oscar (L) and six-year-old son Lautaro at their home in Buenos Aires July 29, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Valeria Cigara, who is pregnant with her first child Milagros, poses as she is imprisoned in jail due to attempted larceny, in Los Hornos November 4, 2007. Cigara, who is in jail awaiting trial for a fourth case of robbery, admits that she suffers from drug addiction and has requested treatment from the prison system. Cigara was pregnant with Milagros during her first jail term in 2007 and gave birth to and raised her daughter in...

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Four-year-old Milagros, whose mother Valeria Cigara, 28, is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, plays with her soft toys in La Plata August 31, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Jorgelina, sister of Valeria Cigara, 28, combs the hair of Valeria's four-year-old daughter Milagros in La Plata August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Four-year-old Milagros (C) is helped to get dressed by her grandmother Silvia (R) after she was searched before visiting her mother Valeria Cigara, 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, in Magdalena August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Four-year-old Milagros (L) looks at a security guard (R) inking the fingers of her grandmother Silvia before allowing them to visit Milagros' mother Valeria Cigara, 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, in Magdalena August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Valeria Cigara, 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, looks through the bars in Magdalena August 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Four-year-old Milagros peers at her mother Valeria Cigara (far inside the cell), 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, in Magdalena August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Prisoner Valeria Cigara, 28, walks in the corridor outside the cell where she is awaiting trial for her fourth case of robbery, in Magdalena August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Valeria Cigara (R), 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, walk with her four-year-old daughter Milagros and her sister Jorgelina (L) down the prison corridors in Magdalena August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Valeria Cigara (L), who is in jail awaiting trial for robbery, says goodbye to her daughter Milagros, 4, after a visit to her prison in Magdalena, August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Four-year-old Milagros puts on lipstick while her mother Valeria Cigara, 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, watches in Magdalena August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Valeria Cigara, 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, plays with her four-year-old daughter Milagros in Magdalena, August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Valeria Cigara, 28, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, takes a shower in Magdalena August 21, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Four-year-old daughter Milagros, watches as a security guard takes the fingerprints of her grandmother Silvia, at the start of a visit to Milagros' mother, Valeria Cigara, in jail in Magdalena August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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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. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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Jorgelina and her niece, four-year-old Milagros, whose mother Valeria Cigara, 28, is currently in prison awaiting trial for robbery, travel to visit Cigara in La Plata August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Carolina Camps

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