Licensed to Traffic: The Sex Trade in Bangladesh


  • Seetharam Mukkavilli Prasna International Consulting



Bangladesh, trafficking in women, gender, law, human rights, social determinants


An overview of the conditions underlying the flourishing 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 trafficking 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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Mukkavilli, S. (1998). Licensed to Traffic: The Sex Trade in Bangladesh. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 17(5), 24–25.

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