A Teen Was Tricked Into Prostitution,A decade On,She Has No Work .

Nodi was 14 years old when she says she was deceived and sold into one of the world’s biggest brothels.
Already married with a young baby, she had gone to look for her husband, who was known to gamble in the area in eastern Bangladesh. Nodi says she met a driver who offered to help, but he turned out to be a broker, who sold her to a madam in the Daulatdia brothel complex.
“I was tricked,” said Nodi, who only wants to be identified by the first name that she uses with clients. “Then I got trapped here.”
Once her husband and family found out what had happened, she says they refused to rescue her, due to the shame associated with the brothel.

More than a decade after she was sold and abandoned — and with Bangladesh under lockdown to prevent spread of the Covid-19 virus — the 25-year-old is facing a new problem: hunger.

“Because of this coronavirus pandemic, we are now in trouble,” said Nodi. “We have no work.”
In late March, Bangladesh imposed a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which has infected more than 36,000 people in the country, including more than 520 who died, John Hopkins University figures show.
As businesses and transport networks were shut down across Bangladesh, government-sanctioned brothels were also closed, with no clients allowed to enter. Since 2000, prostitution has been legal in Bangladesh, but it is regarded by many as immoral.
“Our brothel has been locked down,” said Morjina Begum, executive director of Bangladeshi charity Mukti Mohila Samity (‘Free Woman Union’ in English). “We do not allow any outside customers. Now sex workers do not have any income.”
Begum, who is a former sex worker from the brothel, added that the government, police and local NGOs including her organization are supplying relief to the women.
But several women in the brothel told CNN that the aid is not nearly enough.
Nearly 1,500 women and girls are packed inside the 12-acre site, which resembles an overcrowded slum, with densely packed alleyways lined with corrugated iron shacks, small shops and open sewers.
Many of the women have given birth to children inside the brothel, and researchers say there are currently 500 children in there, including 300 under the age of six.
We are not getting any (food),” Nodi said. “If it continues, children will die from starvation. We pray that the virus will go away.”
Some women send their children to live with family members or at charity shelters outside the brothel, because they don’t want them to be part of this life. Nodi says she has no contact with her son, now 11, who is growing up with her former in-laws in Dhaka. It’s better that way, she says.
“We want our children to be away from us so that they can become good human beings,” Nodi said.
Usually, around 3,000 men visit the brothel every day, many of them truck drivers or day laborers who stop off at Daulatdia due to its prime location next to a train station and a ferry terminal on the Padma River, a major channel running from the Ganges.

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