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date: 07 July 2020

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This chapter examines the economics of sex work in Bangladesh. It begins with an overview of the organization of sex markets in Bangladesh by considering two major categories of female sex workers in the country: those who work in brothels and those who work as floating sex workers. It then discusses the motives for women to engage in prostitution, along with the socioeconomic status of sex workers. It also analyzes the economic returns of sex work, the relationship between client and sex worker, and the role of government and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in improving the social status of sex workers. In particular, it looks at how NGOs promote the benefits of safe sex among sex workers. While returns of sex work as measured by income are relatively high, the chapter shows that other aspects of the job, such as assault and rape, are quite common.

Keywords: sex work, Bangladesh, sex workers, brothels, economic returns, nongovernmental organizations, safe sex, income, rape

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