Escaped with boyfriend from her village five years
ago, Sharmin (18) now stands as a bonded sex worker in a
brothel. The s...
The two-to-three “thousand ´s“ square-meter area of Kandaportte
Potitalow is home to 1500 prostitutes and their families. ...
Jesmin worked for thirty years as a sex worker and now her daughter has followed her into the trade.
A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel
A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) and a client in a brothel in Faridpur.
Fifteen year old Nodi is a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur.
She was sold to the brothel by her stepmo...
In brothels young girls are always insecure to get regular client. Besides taking
Oradexon they try to behave alike older ...
The girl is trying to attract the client & bargaining to take him in her room.
Apparently for sex workers the day starts at evening. Clients come for getting entertainment just after
sunset. Like these...
Like these two young girls every girl of the brothel takes heavy make up &
pampers themselves.
Girls have to do many things to attract their clients. Shipra`s madam is waxing Shipra`s eyebrow by
blade. She is preparin...
Fourteen year old Taniya, with a client, was sold to a madam by her uncle who had promised that
he would get her a job in ...
A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a
brothel in Faridpur.
Apparently for sex workers the day starts at evening. Clients come for getting entertainment just after sunset. Like
these...
Roksana, a young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur.
Sold by her stepmother to a brothel at age 13, ageing sex worker Lisa laments her life while in a drunken
stupor. No longe...
A policeman dragging a young sex worker to a van after she was arrested for involvement in child
trafficking. She was arre...
A sex worker with her daughter in a local brothel.
The arm of fifteen year old Putal, a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur, bleeding from the
fresh cuts of...
Trisha, a young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) taking a shower in a brothel in Faridpur. Many of the girls
working in this br...
Rubi sits quietly as Minara braids her hair. Fake names and no identities characterize young women like these at
a brothel...
A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel
Apparently for sex workers the day starts at evening. Clients come for getting entertainment just after sunset. Like
these...
Apparently for sex workers the day starts at evening. Clients come for getting entertainment just after
sunset. Like these...
A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel
A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) and a client in a brothel in Faridpur. Many of the girls working in this
brothel are g...
Fourteen year old Rosina works as a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in
Faridpur.
A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur.
In brothels young girls are always insecure to get regular client. Besides taking Oradexon they try to behave
alike older ...
A poster hanging in a room of sex worker
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Life for rent

  1. 1. Escaped with boyfriend from her village five years ago, Sharmin (18) now stands as a bonded sex worker in a brothel. The social stigma brought to her by the fateful event leaves few alternatives to a life of suffering. Like her, other girls also have no dreams; they only live in a reality which is slowly killing them day after day. Faridpur, Bangladesh. A Photo-Reportage of Gmb Akash
  2. 2. The two-to-three “thousand ´s“ square-meter area of Kandaportte Potitalow is home to 1500 prostitutes and their families. This place is all they know and it has its own micro infrastructure of grocery stores, teahouses, hairdressers, and doctors. The women themselves only know this other world through the men who come here; they know rickshaw pullers, truckers, businessmen, policemen and priests. Most of the girls who work here were either born here, fled here, or were sold by their relatives when they were between eight and ten years old. Inside, the man is the guest, but he pays for the hospitality. Sex without undressing and without further intimacy costs hundred takes (1 USD $ 70 Takas). For special services the price can go up to as high as three hundred takes, and the whole night will cost you five hundred. Low social status and a lack of opportunities for both education and employment, have forced many Bangladeshi women into prostitution or exposed them to other forms of sexual exploitation. An estimated 150,000 women are involved in prostitution in Bangladesh.
  3. 3. Jesmin worked for thirty years as a sex worker and now her daughter has followed her into the trade.
  4. 4. A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel
  5. 5. A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) and a client in a brothel in Faridpur.
  6. 6. Fifteen year old Nodi is a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur. She was sold to the brothel by her stepmother.
  7. 7. In brothels young girls are always insecure to get regular client. Besides taking Oradexon they try to behave alike older to trap regular clients of other mature sex workers.
  8. 8. The girl is trying to attract the client & bargaining to take him in her room.
  9. 9. Apparently for sex workers the day starts at evening. Clients come for getting entertainment just after sunset. Like these young girl every girl of the brothel takes heavy make up & pampers themselves. With the fallen sun they rise at night with their heavy make up. Taking regular oradexon & by having heavy make-up these girls tried to hide their childhood innocence.
  10. 10. Like these two young girls every girl of the brothel takes heavy make up & pampers themselves.
  11. 11. Girls have to do many things to attract their clients. Shipra`s madam is waxing Shipra`s eyebrow by blade. She is preparing her for evening entertainment. Two years whole income has taken by their madam & in return they get shelter & food.
  12. 12. Fourteen year old Taniya, with a client, was sold to a madam by her uncle who had promised that he would get her a job in a textile factory. She now works as a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur.
  13. 13. A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur.
  14. 14. Apparently for sex workers the day starts at evening. Clients come for getting entertainment just after sunset. Like these two young girls every girl of the brothel takes heavy make up & pampers themselves. With the fallen sun they rise at night with their heavy make up. Taking regular oradexon & by having heavy make-up these girls tried to hide their childhood innocence.
  15. 15. Roksana, a young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur.
  16. 16. Sold by her stepmother to a brothel at age 13, ageing sex worker Lisa laments her life while in a drunken stupor. No longer attractive to customers, she works as a maid for younger workers. She demands work to pass her last days peacefully. Hers and others are stories of lost youth, lifelessness and nowhere to turn to in later years. Tangail, Bangladesh.
  17. 17. A policeman dragging a young sex worker to a van after she was arrested for involvement in child trafficking. She was arrested despite the fact that she was the victim of the crime.
  18. 18. A sex worker with her daughter in a local brothel.
  19. 19. The arm of fifteen year old Putal, a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur, bleeding from the fresh cuts of self harm.
  20. 20. Trisha, a young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) taking a shower in a brothel in Faridpur. Many of the girls working in this brothel are given Oradexon, a steroid drug, by their madams. It is considered to make them appear older and thus avoid falling foul of a law that requires sex workers to be aged over eighteen. One of Oradexon's side effects is water retention, oedema, which can result in a 'plump' look that is considered attractive among some Bangladeshi men. Oradexon has many other harmful side effects if not correctly administered and can be addictive.
  21. 21. Rubi sits quietly as Minara braids her hair. Fake names and no identities characterize young women like these at a brothel in Faridpur. They share strong bonding during the hard time of each other as end of the day they have no one without themselves. Often sold into the sex trade at an early age by family members, the girls fight daily for customers and find comfort and kinship amid their kind when the workday ends. Faridpur, Bangladesh
  22. 22. A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel
  23. 23. Apparently for sex workers the day starts at evening. Clients come for getting entertainment just after sunset. Like these two young girls every girl of the brothel takes heavy make up & pampers themselves. With the fallen sun they rise at night with their heavy make up. Taking regular oradexon & by having heavy make-up these girls tried to hide their childhood innocence.
  24. 24. Apparently for sex workers the day starts at evening. Clients come for getting entertainment just after sunset. Like these two young girls every girl of the brothel takes heavy make up.
  25. 25. A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel
  26. 26. A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) and a client in a brothel in Faridpur. Many of the girls working in this brothel are given Oradexon, a steroid drug, by their madams. It is considered to make them appear older and thus avoid falling foul of a law that requires sex workers to be aged over eighteen. One of Oradexon's side effects is water retention, oedema, which can result in a 'plump' look that is considered attractive among some Bangladeshi men. Oradexon has many other harmful side effects if not correctly administered and can be addictive.
  27. 27. Fourteen year old Rosina works as a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur.
  28. 28. A young bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur.
  29. 29. In brothels young girls are always insecure to get regular client. Besides taking Oradexon they try to behave alike older to trap regular clients of other mature sex workers. The girl is trying to attract the client & bargaining to take him in her room.
  30. 30. A poster hanging in a room of sex worker

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