Fourteen states prohibit payday financing, calling it predatory.

Fourteen states prohibit payday financing, calling it predatory.

The government that is federal stepping in, too. However for those that require the cash, you can find few choices. A trio of outsized blue guitars mounted on a telegraph pole face onto the fertile farmlands of the Mississippi Delta at a highway junction outside town. This crossroads is The Crossroads, where guitarist Robert Johnson traded his soul to the devil for musical genius in blues mythology. Nowadays it is a stoplight on Highway 61, a sun-baked strip of discount malls, filling stations, fast-food joints – and half dozen shops providing quick money..

For Jennifer Williams, a high-school instructor, it is a strip of financial obligation and pity and heartache. For decades, she’d invest every payday going store to store, wanting to maintain repayments, all the while sliding deeper into financial obligation. (more…)

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