Support for Victims of the Sex Industry

Children of sex workers live with their mothers in the brothels.

Children of sex workers live with their mothers in the brothels.

We were able to talk with some of these sex workers. They told us of the abuse they receive from society, including the police. Many of them are concerned about their children and would like to offer them an education that could open the door for a better life.

We were able to talk with some of these sex workers. They told us of the abuse they receive from society, including the police. Many of them are concerned about their children and would like to offer them an education that could open the door for a better life.

Meet Mousumi. She is 19 years old and 1 of 7 children in a very poor family. Her younger brother, Shawon, is a student at one of our slum schools. Mousumi was given to marriage by her father at the age of 11. After 3 months her husband started requesting money to her father, who could not give it to him. Her husband then started to beat and torture her, until her father finally took her home. She started working outside of her home but the young men at her work were harassing her so she left that job. Because her family is poor, Mousumi started working as a sex worker without the knowledge of her parents. She charges US$3-5 per client and sees between 50-75 clients per month in order to support her family. Mousumi told us she would like to leave this job and start a new life. Her story is similar to that of many young women who are trapped in the sex industry due to lack of education or financial resources. With your help, we will strive to provide a better life and future to girls like Mousumi.

According to the Action Aid report, there are about 200,000 women working in Bangladesh's sex industry, most of them are teenagers. It is illegal for girls under the age of 18 to work in prostitution, but thousands of them end up working in the trade against their will or to survive. Nestled between busy streets with thousands of men, sprawling Brothels are home to sex workers, most of them young girls, and many of them forced into sexual slavery. The brothel has everything customers and sex workers need. With beauty salons, markets, and gambling hubs inside, the girls, who work around the clock, have no reason to go out and they couldn't leave even if they wanted to. The brokers known as "dalals" bring the girls into the brothels and sell them to madams.

It is a dream of the BanglaHelp team to take Christ's love even to these dark places in Bangladesh. Stay tuned for more information to come on the team's plan to help the sex victims of Bangladesh. Your prayers are welcomed as we work to find God's plan for these victims. 

This is the "house" for a sex worker: here she lives and works. Notice the children's clothes hanging over the bed. Sadly, many children live in the brothels and are unable to receive education. Some of them go to public schools, but they are harassed because of their mother's work.

This is the "house" for a sex worker: here she lives and works. Notice the children's clothes hanging over the bed. Sadly, many children live in the brothels and are unable to receive education. Some of them go to public schools, but they are harassed because of their mother's work.

Taslima lives in a train station where she also works as a sex worker. She was hospitalized twice, for 21 and 7 days respectively, due to injuries in her sexual organs. The lack of education and finances make girls like Taslima an easy victim in the sex trade industry.

When we arrived to the train station children took us to meet this young girl. She had a 5 month old baby who was stolen from her the previous night, which is why she is crying. These girls are vulnerable to abuse and will likely not be helped by local police because of their economic/social status.