Skin Bleaching Rips Thru Jamaica Slums

Mikeisha Simpson is a 23-year-old in a ghetto in Kingston, Jamaica.  Poor and very black she hopes to transform her dark complexion to a cafe-au-lait-color. She believes a fairer skin could be her ticket to a better life.

Hardcore bleachers use illegal ointments smuggled into the Caribbean country that contain toxins like mercury, a metal that blocks production of melanin, which give skin its color, but can also be toxic and carcinogenic.

"I know of one woman who started to bleach her baby"  said Neil Persadsingh, a leading Jamaican dermatologist.

Blacks want to be white, whites want to be tanned, and Asians just want male babies.  Humans are strange.