Well come all of you to the 4th episode our serial feature of Bangladeshi sex workers life. Today, we are going to present some information given by a leading NGO to Digital Journal and which was published in a leading Daily newspaper of Bangladesh.
One user and prostitute named Ashi said she takes two tablets per day, given to her by her madam. Without the pills she says she has no appetite and health problems. Her madam (locally known as Mashi or Mukkhirani) maximizes profit by forcing her five sex slaves to take the Oradexon.
The madam, Joyetta, says its makes them prettier and healthier and attracts more customers. It gives them larger breasts and wider hips, all signs of beauty. Joyetta knows there are side effects but she claims to give them vitamins to counter these dangers.
The pills can be found in the marketplace and are pushed by those claiming to be doctors or pharmacists.
One prostitute said, “If I die because of taking Oradexon I won’t have any remorse because my son is all set,” and this thinking is shared by most of the women and girls who make the choice to stay and take the medicine that may someday kill them.
Not everyone here in the Bangladesh brothels has the freedom to choose. The brothel is controlled by a group of madams, who used to be prostitutes themselves.They insist that the women who work for them take the pills. No one is quite sure how long Oradexon has been a feature of life in the brothels, but it has been a while; long enough for the sardarni, or brothel caretakers, to have found out that there can be long-term health implications, and to have chosen to ignore them, reports the UK Guardian.
Source: Daily Ittefaq and Digital Journal.