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.