Skip to comments.Bangladesh's "teenage" brothels hold dark steroid secret
Posted on 03/19/2012 12:31:19 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Their faces painted heavy with make-up, teenage girls in short, tight blouses and long petticoats loiter in squalid alleys, laughing and gesturing to potential clients who roam Tangail town's infamous red light area in the early evening.
There is no shortage of men looking for "company" in Kandapara slum, a labyrinth of tiny laneslined cheek-by-jowl with corrugated iron shacksa few hours drive northeast of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.
But with rates as low as 50 taka (60 U.S. cents), the need to attract as many customers as possible is desperate - prompting a rising, yet dangerous, trend of steroid abuse among adolescent sex workers to "enhance" their appearance.
"There is a huge difference between my appearance now and the malnourished look of my childhood," says Hashi, 17, who was lured into the sex trade by a trafficker when she was 10 and sold to Kandapara's brothel, where she began taking steroids.
"I am healthier than before and fit to serve a lot of customers in a day. Sometimes up to 15," she says, placing a large black bindi, or dot used by Hindu women, between her perfectly-shaped eyebrows.
She sits in her tiny room with a bed, a cooking stove and posters of Bollywood stars taped across the wall.
Hashi is one of around 900 sex workerssome as young as 12living a painful life of exploitation in Kandapara, not only bonded by debt and fear of stigma, but compelled to take the steroid, Oradexon, which brings more income but leaves dangerous side effects.
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On the other hand, there are goodly people who are working in these countries to help save those who would be saved. Give to Christian missionaries. That's about the best hope we have of actually helping foreign sex workers.
Western civilization once civilized the world, but we seem to be regressing. We don't even respect the culture and its code of ethics that made us great. Without morality, one is stuck with slavery, either slavery to sin or slavery to the state. We've lost our way, and truth be told, there are many who really don't care about human trafficking, aka modern slavery.
My prayers go out to these poor children who are emotionally dead and who have no life and no future.
I wish I could understand why God allows such horrible things to happen to children, but I can't understand, and I won't be able to understand as long as I live no matter how hard I try to understand.
Sad. Very sad.
>>I wish I could understand why God allows such horrible things to happen to children<<
One of the consequences of free will. God gave us free will to live life and to use it to save our souls. Remember, we came into this world as sinners. Baptism washed away that Original Sin; however, the ability to commit sin remained.
It is Satan, not God, that allows this to happen to children. All sin comes from Satan’s temptations, God offers grace to resist. But man is a weak creature and succumbs all too often. Pray that God’s Wrath is not unleashed for man’s sins. Help those who can combat these horrors.
The only solution I can think of is to buy these girls - who are effectively slaves - and fly them to civilization. But there’s so many of them.
If the men had a sense of duty and honor, these women would survive another way with their debt.
God gives us free will and at the same time a better way. Some choose not to take it - proving it is truly free will. It would also not be free will if it did not bring harm upon others potentially and also be permitted. Evil is permitted as a part of free will that we might secondly see that His Way is a far better choice.
These womnen suffer, amd the journo provides the article - that we might learn and be absolutely against it wherever we are. Pornography sews the seeds in society to keep this trade going.
Women have free will to debase themselves but we have free will to not contribute to that in any way, holding their dignity to a level God intended regardless.
Is there much difference between forcing these young women, girls, and putting iron around an african man’s neck? No. And it is as selfish as abortion.
And what keeps driving demand? Pornography, seeing women as physically satisfying body parts, unlike the way we see our own total value as fearless, confident, multi-disciplined, skilled and capable men. T&A. And there’s always a bigger idiot that wants “it” younger and wants to be meaner to “it”.
“What’s wrong with this world? I am” said G.K. Chesterton.
Society will fix itself as the individual does.
“I wish I could understand why God allows such horrible things to happen to children”
Children or adults, is there a difference when people are made slaves?
As to the why, I believe in a judgement. Can you imagine a judgement without evidence. If no one harmed another or broke any of the commandments of God, with what is he going to use to judge mankind?
Instead man has forgotten there is a god keeping a book of life, notes if you will to properly and carefully judge the quick and the dead. Film at 11:00 if you really believe a full and complete accounting will be made of each man or woman’s journey through life.
I guess for me the bottom line would be faith in that God who created us to make all of the dastardly evil that takes place in this world past present and future against his children and his efforts to save them, will in the end be made right.
I accept that only a righteous and loving God is capable of making such heinous activity that has, is, and will take place, and some evil that perhaps even we cannot conceive of will be somehow made right by the atoning sacrifice of the only begotten son of God.
He took upon him all the pains, and suffering of his creation, man. I cannot conceive of how that was accomplished, but he did it for us, and so it is enough for me to know that in the end he has already accomplish what was necessary for the salvation of all.
The “progressives” don’t believe anyone is responsible for anything. It was the environment or genes that drove the individual to do the evil deed. Not their fault. They are atheists. They also refuse to follow the logical conslusions of their beliefs for when you follow that “trail of blame” to it’s source one arrives at The Garden with Adam and Eve. LOL. Like He said to Pilate, “I am the Truth.”
These are women living in a Muslim country.
If you flew enough of them to "civilization," "civilization" would eventually no longer be "civilization."
Western civilization once civilized the world, but we seem to be regressing. We don’t even respect the culture and its code of ethics that made us great. Without morality, one is stuck with slavery, either slavery to sin or slavery to the state. We’ve lost our way, and truth be told, there are many who really don’t care about human trafficking, aka modern slavery.
You are so right on all points.
Beautiful, articulate response.
Society will fix itself as the individual does.
You are absolutely correct. We all must do our part in reversing the debasement of our culture.
Bangladesh is an even bigger shiithole than Detroit.