FJA Shortlist 2021

Category: Contribution to Civil Rights

Authors: Corinne Redfern (Italy), Ali Ahsan (Bangladesh)

She Was Trafficked into a Giant Brothel. Now She Runs It

The Economist - 19 February 2021

The original publication is available via the following link: https://www.economist.com/1843/2021/02/19/she-was-trafficked-into-a-giant-brothel-now-she-runs-it

Meet the madam of Bangladesh’s oldest brothel

This article was produced in partnership with The Fuller Project

The light was still dim when Monowara Begum (pictured) shuffled into her sandals and began her morning patrol. With a slight wheeze, the 44-year-old paced the alleyways, scowling behind gold-rimmed glasses as she listened for sounds of trouble coming from within the corrugated-metal and cinder-block buildings. A foul-smelling stream of sewage and used condoms ran between the makeshift homes. Several times, she flicked a bangled wrist to disperse a cloud of flies. Her other hand was tense, ready to grab a wooden stick if a situation called for it.

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