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Heartbreaking Photos Reveal What Life Is Like In A Legal Bangladesh Brothel

These girls are started at such a young age — as young as 11.

Most people think that prostitution is an unacceptable act. In some societies, however, it is legal and working as a prostitute is considered a profession. One country, in particular, is Bangladesh, a Muslim country in which prostitution is actually acceptable. The oldest and second largest of the country’s brothels – Kandapara Hotel – can be found in the Tangail district.

In 2014, though, Kandapara was destroyed, leaving women without jobs and not knowing what they’ll do with their lives. However, the business was restarted when local NGOs offered help.

Recently, German photographer Sandra Hoyn traveled to Tangail to gather stories from women and share them to the world through pictures. Andrew Biraj, a Bangladeshi photojournalist, also shared some of the heartbreaking photos and stories about the lives the women lead.

Prostitutes in Bangladesh usually start between the ages of 12 and 14.

Source: Sandra Hoyn

When these girls get into the business, they’ll be called as “bonded.” Most of the women in the industry hail from poor families, while others could be victims of trafficking. Girls who start selling their bodies usually belong to a person referred to as “madam.”

These “bonded” girls are not allowed to venture outside and they are not paid for an average of five years. Once a girl has paid off her debt, she is eligible to work as an independent sex worker. By that time, the girl can turn down customers and can keep her earnings.

Although Bangladeshi brothels are legal, women are still being stigmatized when they are outside the district.

Source: Sandra Hoyn

For this reason, many prostitutes would rather support their families with their pay without visiting them or going near them.

638 Comments

  1. Rhoden Ching Gomez

    April 4, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    what a sad life,maybe they are only a victims..

  2. Klien Mrng

    March 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Wuttttttttttt

  3. Kris Gripon

    March 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Grabe naman ito..

  4. Flores Cuenca Mari Angelique

    March 8, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Janik Tan

  5. Flores Cuenca Mari Angelique

    March 8, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Janik Tan

  6. Andrea June Powell

    April 4, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    Pitiful

  7. Jaemison Matignas

    March 8, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Bakit walang comment dito ang UN? Grabeng pang aabuso un a.. 25 clients per day?! Tapos hindi bayad..

  8. Indi Cabornay

    March 5, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Tha Novoski A’shadieeyah Lheslie

  9. Indi Cabornay

    March 5, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Tha Novoski A’shadieeyah Lheslie

  10. Marian Macadangdang

    March 5, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Why is this happening? No women in the world deserves to go through this.

  11. Leo Robert Lahorra

    April 4, 2018 at 6:15 PM

    This is so evil….

  12. Janine Granada

    March 5, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    The day will come that they will give account on what they do to others.

  13. Jijay Aguelo

    March 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Itz Mee Kristine JaniolaEdward AyagNdai Rose 😔😔😔😔

  14. Emilyn Joyo

    March 8, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Prek Prek

  15. Susmitha Blanco Hinoguin

    March 5, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Jimbo Barlinan Maniaol

  16. Susmitha Blanco Hinoguin

    March 5, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Jimbo Barlinan Maniaol

  17. Macky Havana

    March 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Evil

  18. Esther Ihechi Okagbue

    March 8, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Stupid fools…. How can these so call men look at these small girls and become moved sexually…..this is insane

  19. Lourdes Dela Pena

    March 5, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Money is to blame

  20. Ayra Wittich

    March 8, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Clark Wittich

  21. Vincent Ryan

    March 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    😢😢😢😢

  22. Marife Gaspe Macajeto

    March 10, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Samantha I feel like you need to read this, grabe kawawa naman sila. 😭

  23. Pia Tan

    March 8, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Tezel Metehan

  24. Evelyn Estuita

    March 5, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    So sad,,bakit kasalanan bang ipinanganak kame bilang babae sa napakalupet na mundong ito,at gawin kmeng laruan?bakit walang tulong and gobyerno?

  25. Leigh Lao

    March 5, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    It seems sex is just a piece of candy. Roaming everywhere..

  26. Sarah Binte Ali

    March 30, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    I was talking about this Fahim Ashab

  27. Sebastian Camacho

    March 5, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    Sick minded people in a sick soceity.

  28. Donna Marie Morgan

    April 4, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Every place children are forced into this

  29. Marian Llanto Cueva

    April 4, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Cyril Mantos Mamiko Heike

  30. Karisse Laput

    April 4, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Namaste Apkase Hai eto nabasa ko

  31. Zerin Tasnim

    March 5, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Animhat Setu..poris dst eta…:-(

  32. JB Dy

    March 8, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Lamaan Latheef Sami KhanAbid Hassan Khani suddenly thought of you guys by reading this article. :/

  33. Therese Hughes

    April 4, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    Sick people 😢

  34. Lam Chiều

    March 5, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Ngân Cua

  35. Julie Whitsell

    March 8, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Why in the world would you plaster this young girls face all over social media??? Shame on you for perpetuating the problem!!

  36. Fatoye Babatunde Sunday

    March 5, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    What a sad life to live. Poor girls 😞

  37. Alameen Ahmed

    March 10, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    These are images from daluadia its shocking how these girls are forced into this trade

  38. Pahan Mallawaarachchi

    March 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Horrible

  39. Corazon Gantioque Evaristo

    March 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Omg?

  40. Eliz Cj

    March 5, 2018 at 3:59 PM

    :'(

  41. Khaye Vhon

    March 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    san kaya ang icc dito san ang human rigths.?dapat ito ang tinututukan ng EU.

  42. Sanaullah Khan

    March 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Sara Shakil Siddiqui Sana Farrukh Ramsha Zaki read this😳

  43. Rea Faye Dellomos

    March 10, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    This is so inhuman 😔 My heart breaks for this young girls 😭

  44. Eicha Rocky

    March 8, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Karma happened. If they did it to these children then their children will be at the same or probably will be at worse miserable position in the future. It’s a matter of time. Bad things happened for a reason.

  45. Suze Craig

    March 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Evil disgusting pigs!!!!

  46. Dipasa Bista

    March 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Bijayata Gurung for ur research paper?

  47. Hannah Thalia Sevilla Martin

    March 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    😰

  48. Chi Legaspi Esteban

    April 4, 2018 at 6:25 PM

    Quinn Cataleya Legaspi Esteban

  49. Jo-Anne Bassingthwaighte Quinn

    March 8, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    So unbelievably sad that this happens!! The fact that it is legal is just shocking!! My heart goes out to these poor women.

  50. Pamela Lau

    March 5, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Heartbreaking.. May these girls find peace and joy in their hearts..

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