Prostitution is legal in Bangladesh, but the Bangladesh constitution provides that the "State shall endeavor to prevent gambling and prostitution." Various provisions of different laws prohibit child prostitution and forced prostitution: Section 364A – Whoever kidnaps or abducts any person under the age of ten in order that such a person may be or subjected to slavery or to the lust of any person shall be punished with death or with imprisonment for life or for rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to 14 years and may not be less than 7 years.
Section 366A – Whoever, by any means whatsoever, induces any minor girl under the age of eighteen years to go from any place or to do any act with the intent that such a girl may be or knowing that it is likely that she will be forded or seduced to illicit intercourse with another person shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to 10 years and shall also be liable to fine.
Taking advantage of the vulnerability of the poverty-stricken or opportunity seeking people, traffickers either coerce, entice, lure or sell minors and other gullible persons into prostitution.
They make them execute affidavits in front of false magistrates/impersonators stating that they have gone into prostitution of their own volition and they are over 18 years old.
As she sees me approach, she pulls her child closer, arching her back over to protect him.
I turn the corner, just in time to spy a small veiled figure slip from one doorway and into another.
By Heenali Patel: The muggy midday heat pervades everything, mixing with the stench of car fumes and summer-fatigued bodies.
I venture into a web of dusty alleyways, pock-marked with holes, and rickshaw-wallahs taking refuge in the shade of ramshackle buildings.
Beside the gateway to an abandoned rubbish pit, a young woman rocks a baby on her knees.
They take the girls away and sell them into prostitution.
A large number of "brides" have been collected in this manner and brought as a group to Pakistan where they are handed over to local traffickers.
Child prostitution is widespread and a serious problem.
The majority of Bangladeshi prostituted children are based in brothels, with a smaller number of children exploited in hotel rooms, parks, railway and bus stations and rented flats.