Tales from Daulatdia Brothel – The dream that was once my own

Written by Daniel Melbye
Daulatdia, in Bangladesh, is one of the largestĀ brothelsĀ in the world – a village of 1600 women who sell sex to 3000 men every day. It is a bleak world but, as I discovered, there is still some reason to hope.

Sharifa runs through congested, smelly lanes, skipping over gutters overflowing with used condoms, empty bottles of alcohol and energy drinks, avoiding a drunk man who stares after her lasciviously. She skips along with a big grin on her face, down the dark stuffy lane, dodging a yelping dog violently kicked out of an invisible door, calling out salaams to all that she is able to acknowledge in her hurry.