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Iquitos, Peru, Jan. 13, 2007 - Young boys unload boats of bananas fresh from the jungle for the Belen Market. Made up of dozens of city blocks, the market is the primary market in Iquitos and it is the lifeblood of the city. Many of the residents of the floating city of Belen operate as both distibutors - by ferrying vegetables, produce, meat and medicines from the jungle to the market - and as merchants - where they sell these goods in outdoor stalls. The market provides the city with all of its needs, including clothing, tools, coal, wood, fruits, vegetables, fish and jungle meat, such as monkey, turtle, deer, and rodent. It is an informal market, meaning it operates outside of the law and it merchants do not pay any taxes. Though many of the goods are legal, many are not, such as monkey, turtle and during breeding season, Paische, a local prehistoric fish. Because it is such an integral part of the city, the police look the other way with regard to the illegal activity.