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.
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.