Licensed to Traffic: The Sex Trade in Bangladesh

Seetharam Mukkavilli


An overview of the conditions underlying
the flourlshing Bangladeshi trafficking
trade. Cross-border sales of women
and girls are common, and prostitution is
said to function on a scale comparable to
other domestic industry. However, gaining
an accurate understanding of the
magnitude of traficking is made very
difficult by a lack of proper documentation.
Despite legal provisions prohibiting
the flesh trade, the abuse of
well-intentioned laws results in a successful
evasion of penalization by the
many who benefit from the trafficking of
women and girls.

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