Is it a crime to be a woman? In Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with 26% population below the poverty line, it seems to be a curse to be a woman. Dire poverty has forced family members to sell young girls to brothels, and trafficking is also common in poverty stricken areas.
Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries in the world where sex work is legal, but completely unregulated. Daulatdia is one such area where sex work happens openly. Girls as young as eight are working as sex workers in Daulatdia, and many of them are sex slaves. Some of them have been sold by their husbands to brothels for money, many are independent, and serve 10-12 men at one go.
Earlier this year, Vice News sent its correspondent to Daulatdia to document the lives of sex workers in the region. The correspondent spoke to the workers and documented the everyday life of these women, also managing a rare interview with a client and why he visits the place. The documentary gives a voice to those young girls who have lost their childhood, youth and vigour to a vice like sex work.
Video Courtesy: Vice News