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The Brothel

Children of the sex workers are standing together in a dark,narrow, dirty lane of the brothel. The sex workers , specially who live in a brothel are considered as the member of the lowest level in a highly conservative society like the one in Bangladesh. Almost all of them are driven by the destiny to this living hell, and usually lead a slave-like life under the complete control of the matron-like figure called as the `Masi` or ` Khala` (Aunt), who actually are the old-aged and retired sex workers who run the brothel. The local goons and the member of the law- enforcing agencies who also play an upper- hand on them and snatch the larger portion of their income away. But despite all the adversities a young woman following her eternal natural instinct wishes to become a mother in a certain period of her life, and the ill-fated sex workers also are not exceptions. That is why they bear self-willingly the child of some of their clients or so-called lovers at least once in their lives just to have the sweetest taste of motherhood. But often the sweetness becomes sour because of the environment of the brothel, which is quite antagonistic for the healthy upbringing of the minor children. A few of the children living in the brothel are the legitimate offspring of the married couples. They are usually brought to the brothel by their mothers, who are driven out of their home and family by their oppressive husbands and the in-laws. Whether legitimate or illegitimate, the children of the sex workers grow up in the brothel in numerous hardships and unthinkable neglect. But despite all the adversities, and overcoming all obstacles around them, the children of these single mothers grow up mainly to become a sex worker herself if she is a female child and a goon or a pimp if he is a male one. Here are some of the scenarios of the miserable lives of the children of the sex workers in Doulatdia Brothel, the oldest and the largest red- light area of Bangladesh. The brothel is situated in Goalanda under Rajbari district of Bangladesh. According to the last survey completed on December 31, 2010, the total number of the childs in the brothel is 488, and the number of sex workers is more than 1,500)