By Nylah Salam August 22 Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries where prostitution is legal, however it is not seen as a reputable profession in Bangladeshi society. Laila migrated from Bangladesh after three years of working the streets in Daulatdia.
On arrival to the UK, she went straight into what she only knew best. However, this was not what she wanted her career to entail, even in Bangladesh where she had no option, to feed her family and be the breadwinner.
Girls are usually sold on to brothels for a duration of time which can last for up to two or three years for sex work. After making the profits, she would return home and then be sold again to another brothel.
Research by Reuters has found that many of the women take a steroid drug known as Dexamethasone which helps them gain weight in order to attract male clients.
By consuming this, they are seen as physically appealing and are more likely to obtain more customers, thus generating an increased profit. Although there are fatal side effects to this drug where in the long term it can result in bone loss, muscle weakness and cataract, the risk does not phase these women from sex work.
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