Bangladesh — one of the few predominantly Muslim countries where prostitution is legal — is home to a walled brothel district, where many of the women sex workers were either trafficked or born inside the brothel's walls. Photojournalist Sandra Hoyn recently visited the Kandapara brothel in the Bangladeshi district of Tangali to capture images that show what life inside the brothel walls is really like. The result is a series of beautiful but often heartbreaking photos. How did you find out about the Kandapara brothel? I am interested in human relationships, in various factors of human life, [and] especially human existence on the edge of society. I read that Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries where prostitution is legal. The Kandapara brothel in the district of Tangail is the oldest and second-largest in the country — it has existed for some years.
By George Martin For Mailonline. A girl who was trafficked into a brothel at the age of 13 has spoken out about her daily mistreatment - including being fed cow steroids. Now 19, Rupa has been working at a brothel in Bangladesh for five years, as sex work remains legal in the country. Rupa works in Kandipara, one of Bangladesh's estimated 20 legal brothel 'villages', living in the same house as approximately other prostitutes. Bangladeshi law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 to work in the brothels and they need a license from the state saying they are willing to work. Seventeen-year-old prostitute Hashi, embraces a Babu, her "husband", inside her small room at Kandapara brothel in Tangail [file photo]. Underage sex worker Bristi applying heavy makeup to appear more mature for her evening clients at Bangladesh's largest brothel in Daulatdia [file photo]. But it is estimated around 47 per cent of female sex workers were at one point child brides, trafficked into prostitution against their will. Rupa herself was married at age 11 to a man nearly three times her age.
YOUNG girls are being forced to work in Bangladesh's twisted brothels where they are beaten by cruel traffickers and fed steroids to look more womanly. Rupa said she was locked in a room for three days after arriving at Kandipara and beaten mercilessly when she tried to leave. The young girl was also fed Oradexon, a cow steroid, to force her body to "develop" quicker so she looked older. Although such places and sex work are legal in the country, prostitutes are supposed to have State Magistrate-approved certificates to prove they are over A recent survey of sex workers, conducted by the Girls Not Brides charity, found almost half 47 per cent were former child brides forced into prostitution. They are understood to be locked up in squalid brothels where they are at risk of physical and psychological abuse, as well as contracting HIV, until they can buy their freedom. Rupa, now 19, told the Telegraph: "I get scared when the men start forcing me to do things I haven't agreed to. She was trafficked into the brothel aged just 11 and forced to marry a man in his 30s who she had never met before.
A brilliantly photographed series on the dangerous, grueling lives of teenage sex workers in Bangladeshi slums. Read more here. Seventeen-year-old prostitute Hashi embraces a Babu, her "husband", inside her small room at Kandapara brothel in Tangail, a northeastern city of Bangladesh. Many young and inexperienced prostitutes have "lovers" or "husbands" who normally live outside the brothel, occasionally taking money and sex from them in exchange for security in this male dominated society. Hashi is one of hundreds of mostly teenage sex workers living a painful life of exploitation in the brothel.