Being one of the oldest professions in the world is just not good enough to be considered legal majority of the countries. However, in few Muslim countries it still remains legal, in this case Bangladesh.
You can find the Kandapara brothel in the district of Tangail which has remained in business for the last 200 years. However, in 2014 the brothel was destroyed and most of the women where clueless about their future and therefore with the help of local NGOs it was started again.
Sandra Hoyn, a photojournalist visited the place recently and documented it. She shared that the women are both weak and powerful.
Girls who entered this industry at the age of 12 to 14 are laboured as “bonded.” While most of them come from a poor family and a few are a victim of trafficking. A bonded girl is not allowed to go out and receive money until her debts are cleared. She has the liberty to refuse a customer only after becoming an independent s*x worker.
“At the beginning, it was difficult to get access to the women and customers. Some customers didn’t want to be in the photographs, especially those with a rich family. But other customers didn’t care at all about it. Some told me they want to “refresh their mind” inside the br0thel and there is nothing wrong with it, so why should they hide?”
“Some girls hide their face and didn’t want to tell their stories, others have been very open and wanted to tell about their life,” she added.