Kajol with a customer. She thinks she is 17 years but does not know her exact age. She was married for 9 years. Her aunt sold her to the Kandapara brothel. She has a 6-month old son, Mehedi. Two weeks after the birth, she was forced to have sex again with customers. Because of the baby, her business has not been so good.
Papia, 18, with two customers on the bed in the Kandapara brothel. Her parents died when she was a child, and she was married young. Her husband and she used heroin, and she has been to jail because of this. She says that the jail was the best place she has ever been, because nobody beat her there. In jail, she got to know a woman who later brought her to the brothel.
For Sandra Hoyn’s work titled The Longing of Others, she travelled to Bangladesh early this year, where she spent about one month in and around the Kandapara brothels, photographing its residents. Found in the central city of Tangail on the banks of the Louhajang River, this bordello, is one of Bangladesh’s many legal houses, home to almost 900 sex-workers. When Hoyn read that Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries to legalise this profession, she was curious about the women’s lives in the brothel and outside its recently constructed walls.