Bangladesh's teenage brothels hold dark secret
The neighborhood of around a hundred of buildings with more than 800 small rooms is one of the 14 official brothels of Bangladesh, but are in essence a prison for around 900 sex workers. The young sex workers of this brothel must serve at least 10-15 customers each day. It is common practice among prostitutes of Kandapara brothel in Tangail to take steroids like Oradexon — a steroid used by farmers to fatten their cattle. The drug can be found in any tea or cigarette stall around the brothel. It increases their appetite, making them gain weight rapidly and giving the appearance that these poorly nourished teens are in fact healthy and older - attracting clients who prefer girls with "curves".Oradexon, they say, keeps them going, even though there are known risks associated with its long-term use. Here is a photo essay by Andrew Biraj that takes a look at the dark secret behind Bangladesh's "teenage" brothels.
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