We pray that the virus will go away. I cannot manage to feed myself as well as my family. Click here for more stories from the As Equals series. More Videos Brothel in lockdown leaves hundreds of sex workers hungry She was tricked as a teen into prostitution. Daulatdia, Bangladesh — 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. 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.
Photographer Marc McAndrews visited every legal brothel in the US.
By Andrew Biraj. But with rates as low as 50 taka 60 U. 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 sex workers - some as young as 12 - living 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. Also known as Dexamethasone, Oradexon treats inflammation and allergies in humans and is used by farmers to fatten livestock.
They were only 14 years old, cousins from a small town in central Mexico, when a fun trip to the local fair turned into a nightmare of drugs and forced prostitution. As Maria and Lupe - CNN has changed their names to protect their identities - were waiting by the highway for their early evening bus home, they say a semi-tractor trailer stopped right in front of them and two men got out. There were no conversations. It all happened very quickly, the cousins say. We couldn't see their faces," Maria said.
Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you. There are currently 24 legal brothels operating in areas of the State. Prostitution is illegal outside these licensed premises. Before travelling to Nevada, photographer Marc McAndrews had never been to a strip club, let alone a brothel. He stayed in bedrooms in the houses, shared a bathroom with the working girls, and saw the world that no one — except those who work at the brothels — see.