Photograph© 2010 Renée C. Byer
This is an overall view of the Marwari Mandir brothel in Jessore, Bangladesh, home to sex workers who sell their bodies for very little money. Over the course of a day, and after attending to many clients, sex workers at this brothel may make 400 to 600 taka, or five to eight dollars. In the background as a younger sex worker does laundry, older workers often referred to as their “mothers,” pimp the younger girls. The older workers are no longer desirable to clients. The poor often make their homes in abandoned dwellings in order to reduce their expenses and gain some sort of protection for themselves, particularly in areas of the city that are not necessarily safe. This is a practice that holds true throughout the world.
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