The Hustle of Daulatdia

Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal and it is also home to one of the largest brothels in the world.  Daulatdia brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh is home to over 1500 sex workers who service between 2500 and 3000 men a day. Brothels such as Daulatdia were placed in areas of the country where rape incidents were happening at an astounding rate.  The development of brothels was implemented to curb sexual violence against women and children.  
Sex workers must legally be eighteen years of age to work as prostitutes, but many underage girls are sold to the brothel or tricked into the profession.  The prostitutes stay in cramped quarters, often alongside their children in Bangladesh’s bustling underworld of gambling, drugs, and nightlife.  The average prostitute earns the equivalent of $2.80 USD for their services.  Many women in the brothel serve up to eight clients a day and often fall pregnant without knowing who the father is.  The children in Daulatdia are vulnerable to a number of dangers as they are hired to run drugs and errands for their mothers, retailers, and smugglers working in the brothel. 

Daulatdia Brothel in  Rajbari, Bangladesh is located next to train tracks. Often male travelers stop into the brothel on a break from traveling. Daulatdia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

Women with their children buy a form of steroids at a pharmacy outside of Daulatdia Brothel in  Rajbari, Bangladesh. The steroids plump up the face, which is thought to be a sign of beauty. 

A sex worker calls out to a client in Daulatdia Brothel in Daulatadia, Rajbari, Bangladesh. Daulatadia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

The only headstone in the graveyard for the prostitutes of Daulatadia Brothel in  Rajbari, Bangladesh. Most prostitutes are buried in unmarked graves in a cemetary with overgrown with grass. 

Rebeka, 28, is a sex worker who is eight months pregnant and lives in Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh.  Though she is in her final trimester, she still receives clients.  She has reduced her daily workload, because she said sex now hurts her stomach.  She charges the equivenlent of $2.80 USD for her services.   Originally, she was sold to the brothel at age 15 by her former husband.  After her mother found out what happened, she helped her to leave the brothel.  Later she got work as a house cleaner.  Eventually her employers found out about her previous life and started to abuse her.  She left the job and returned to the Daulatdia.  She has been working at the brothel again for four years. 

Bangladesh style viagra for sexual virility is sold in Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh. Daulatadia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

Alpon, 9, with her brother, Shourov, 5, wait in their flat for their mother.  They don't know their father and their mother is a sex worker, at the Daulatdia Brothel.  Daulatdia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

Priya takes a rest after having served a client.  She is a madam in the brothel and manages several girls and shacks, but she still takes clients herself.  She has children, but they live in an orphanage, because she doesn't want them to have the same life as her.  

Used condoms and brothel garbage float  in the lake surrounding Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh.

Men wait for a gambling hall to open in Daulatdia Brothel in  Rajbari, Bangladesh. 

Nilu, 30, is a sex worker who has been staying at Daulatdia Brothel for twenty years.  She started working at the brothel when she was ten years old. She is addicted to yaba; a form of methamphetamine that is smuggled in from Myanmar, where it is produced. Daulatdia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

A customer bargains with a sex worker in Daulatdia Brothel in, Rajbari, Bangladesh. Daulatadia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

Minu is a sex worker at Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh.  She said she feels 90, but guesses she is around 23 or 24.  She has been at the brothel for twenty years, because her mother and father died when she was a child.  She only gets about two clients a day now. She said most of the men prefer teenagers so her business has suffered.  Many prostitutes like Minu take steriods to fatten their faces. Round faces are thought to be a sign of beauty in Bangladesh. 

Tania, 15, with her son Thangil, 2, is a sex worker in Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh. She is not sure who the father is, because she became pregnant by a client. Daulatdia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

Dulal, 40, from Pabna village in Bangladesh proudly rests on a speaker at his nightclub where he acts as club DJ.  He has been running the club for six months.  Men come to the club and drink alcohol and buy private dances from the sex workers in Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh. 

A customer bargains with a sex worker in Daulatdia Brothel in, Rajbari, Bangladesh. Daulatadia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

A sex worker prepares herself before going out to attract customers in Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh. 

A sex worker and her client prepare to smoke yaba wrapped in dried coconut husk, a form of methamphetamine that is smuggled from Myanmar where it is produced. Daulatdia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

A sex worker negotiates with a customer in Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh. Daulatadia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

A sex worker waits for clients in Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh.  She is addicted to yaba, a form of methamphetamine that is produced in Myanmar and smuggled across the border into Bangladesh.  Daulatadia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

In conservative Bangladesh, women are rarely seen smoking in public.  In Daulatadia Brothel women smoke openly and some also drink alcohol.   Daulatdia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

A woman waits for clients near a gambling hall in Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh. Daulatdia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

A sex worker and her son leave the back entrance of Daulatdia Brothel in Rajbari, Bangladesh. Daulatadia is considered one of the largest brothels in the world and serves roughly 2500-3000 men daily. Bangladesh is the only Muslim country in the world where prostitution is legal. Though legally prostitutes must be at least 18 years of age many are tricked into the profession at a very young age.

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