La Isla – the Island – is one of the most dangerous areas in Valparaíso, Chile. Police presence is virtually zero and the crime rate is rocket high. Use of the notorious drug "pasta-base" (crack) is widespread in the area. La Isla became populated in the late seventies but has not been recognized legally and there is no access to water or electricity. There are few men around – most of them are in prison or they have left their wife and children.