4 feb. 2015
Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim nations where prostitution is legal, and the country’s largest brothel is called Daulatdia, where more than 1,500 women and girls sell sex to thousands of men every day.
Daulatdia is infamous for drug abuse and underage prostitution, and many of its sex workers are victims of sexual slavery who were trafficked into the area and sold to a pimp or a madam. They are forced to work off the fee that was paid for them, a debt that takes years to clear because they receive as little as a dollar for sex.
VICE News correspondent Tania Rashid visited the notorious Bangladeshi brothel — where human trafficking, underage prostitution, and drugs are commonplace — and met the traffickers and the trafficked, as well as the clientele.
Tania Rashid has some balls to go deep in this world. legendary journalism.
The girl who “came here happily” had more sadness within her than I’ve seen in a long long time.
That line ‘Is this life? I wish I was not alive”. Every morning we wake up. cursing our misfortunes and deeds but seeing these innocent girls, I have nothing to say. This will really haunt me forever.
Got tears in my eyes when that women said… “Man come here give me money , have thier fun. But there is no one who love me. “
I’m a Bangladeshi and I never knew about this dark side. I was shivering the whole time. and when the girl said “I wish I was not alive” that was truly devastating. some are complaining about the translation, but what they really should be complaining about is, why this has never come out to the local media and why no steps are being taken to eradicate this grievous problem
“Without money I’m worthless” that is one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard.
Am a Bangladeshi and i have been following vice documentaries for years now. As much as am disturbed after watching this, I wanna know what step can we take in order to make their lives easy if possible different. Let’s talk about the possibilities for maki. I wanna be a part of something like this. As a viewer, I wanna thank Vice and it’s entire team and especially Tania Rashid for bringing this up as I didn have any knowledge of it at all. As an individual Bangladeshi, lets talk ideas and work it out together for our own selves
You can see the rage in Tania (the reporter) when she interviews Kareem (the regular guy) about his pleasure he gets with young girls. Personally I don’t think I’d have controlled my anger as much as she did for the sake of professionalism while reporting.
The whole documentary is just mind blowing just can’t imagine the situation where these girls live. A huge respect to the girl and the camera man did a great job
As a Bangladeshi it truly hurts to watch… I was lucky enough to be a part of the financially stable population… But a lot of the population still suffers from poverty and bad shit like this and the corrupt government won’t even do anything about it… But I’m glad the current generation is willing to take matter into their own hand to solve the problem…
I lived in Bangladesh for an entire year and it’s even more heart breaking when you see all this in the flesh.
“When I was beautiful like you.” No, baby, you’re still beautiful.
“They are men, so they beat us”. Saddest, most revealing thing I’ve heard in a while.
Crowds of unwashed men standing around staring at this reporter, wondering if they’ll get a chance to cut her off from the people she’s with and have their way with her. Absolutely disgusting country, and a very brave young woman.
It’s a true picture of Bangladesh, especially in some parts. We town folks just pretend not to see this bad side of the society. Feeling so bad. But young peoples like me will change the scenario in upcoming years. We will and we have to. 🙁
“I wish I was not alive” this is so heartbreaking my tears wouldn’t stop falling down my face
I love how caring she is while interviewing ️
You can tell the journalist is really concerned for these women. Its sad
I am a Bangladeshi. When I search Bangladesh in YouTube . this video comes at top.. It hurts me.
One of the most eye-opening and revealing parts of being in touch with your Bangladeshi identity is coming across these documentaries and having to learn about these issues from the internet because your parents only paint Bangladesh as a proud nation that gained its independence from Pakistan and nothing else. They will teach you the language and the culture and hand down the Bangladeshi pride over our mother tongue despite knowing everything about Daulatdia and Bangladesh’s sex work industry but of course, this part of Bangladesh isn’t as important as the rest…
The woman claiming she came here on her own and is happy sounded like she was reading a script at gun point… I wonder how many times the “Madam” beat those words into her head and threatened to kill her and her family if she said anything different during that interview. So disgusting. It’s videos like this that make me question our views on cultural relativism. At what point is “well it’s there culture they can do what they want” still relevant? How can someone see the endless torment and helplessness of another person and say “Well, it’s a domestic issue, they can deal with it on their own if they want to”. Maybe I’m crazy but I can in no way think that and I think it’s a complete cop out to think that way.
“I was still beautiful like you” Sweetheart you are still beautiful today. I hope she’s okay. What an angel.
I almost started crying while watching this. I feel so much for those poor girls. I hope they’ll get a better life soon.
“I don’t have anyone here who loves me” I can’t even imagine living like that. So heartbreaking!
So heartbreaking. Young innocent girls who should be leading young innocent girl lives are instead thrown into this sick world. Just heartbreaking. But, fwiw, I will say that I thought this reporter (Tania Rashid?) did an outstanding job on this piece.
Thank you for representing the Real Situation of Bangladesh. Our Government should Learn from your Documentary so that we can Achieve The Golden Bangla. I am appreciating this job from the deepest bottom of My heart. Thank you Vice News
10:13 that scene broke my heart. She says she feels good there but it is very obvious that she doesn’t feel good at all. She probably forced a smile because the madame would have punished her otherwise. If there was a hell, it would be right there.
I feel horrible. I feel sick after watching this. Those poor girls, those terrible living conditions, those disgusting clients, and the low-lives who profit off of these girls’ misery. :'(
As a Bangladeshi myself, it breaks my heart to see this cuz all my life, i was never even aware that shits like these are happening in my country. And i hate it so much that these scums are representing us in this kind of a messed up way. From birth i was taught that all these are illegal and cannot be happening in Bangladesh at all. I mean, just consuming normal alcohol requires a legal license for God’s sake. Watching this video made me horrified and my blood boil…. And i definitely blame the government for this, because of their manipulation the general public are not even aware of this situation. Like they’re brainwashed or something, like i was. Hope that one day Almighty Allah will destroy them for good.
Oh my goodness, I’m a Bangladeshi American and I had no idea that this was happening in Bangladesh. The men are so disgusting for doing that to innocent young women. Thank you Tania for reporting about this. You’re the real MVP
Madam, you had done a great job taking out the social injustice of young women to this society. You have sown a seed to people who can stand against such injustice in their society, hats off
hats off to the girl who dared to document this!
that one girl who said she was fed medicine and is not ugly and her beauty faded. she is still very stunning. its sad that she is stuck there. that other girl who said that she was happy there…you can look into her eyes and tell that she isnt happy.
10:36… I think the only thing more emotional than seeing someone cry is seeing someone hold back tears. That girl was trying to keep whatever dignity she had in a very destitute situation. This is probably the most powerful documentary on prostitution after whores glory…
The interviewer is really amazing .. direct to the point in questioning… praying for all the girls experiencing this kind of life..
My heart goes out to these girls. Life can be so cruel when you have no resources
This was an incredibly well done, heart-wrenching, informative and professionally done story. The journalist was fantastic too. I really enjoy her work.
“A lot of men come to see us, it’s very bad world. Isn’t it a sin? is this a life? I wish I was not alive” that was tough feeling
my heart gos out to these girls.
This young journalism is really brave. Thank you for this heart breaking documentary..May god save this place, the people especially the women and the children.
I love this reporter. She was so gentle and caring
Are you sure she said Ventolin? Ventolin is Salbutamol and prepared as an inhaler. It’s mainly used to treat asthma. I’ve never heard of Ventolin being used to drug people, and I’m a pharmacist.
How heartbreaking. I wish these women knew they were worth something and what they are doing isnt sinful. So much feelings and things to say after watching this.
And lots of love and respect to you mam. I hope everyone felt proud and a huge respect for you soo did I, after watching this true efforts of yours and achieving possibly most hardest journey.
Hearing that young woman in the beginning talk about how she used to be beautiful like the reporter just broke my heart. I feel for some of these younger women who were drugged or kidnapped into brothels like these. I can’t imagine having to live a life so horrible, not being able to love freely and have a career/live your dreams. My heart goes out to these beautiful women.
I am a Bangladeshi, and certainly this is a new information for me. Heard about brothel in BANGLADESH, just didn’t imagine this big. Can’t believe govt is allowing this circus going on
I am from Bangladesh. Couple of things. 1) I don’t know when this documentary was made but prostitution is currently legal in one district (out of 64 district); before it was legal throughout whole Bangladesh. 2) Translation was not accurate; I would say it was rough translation. They did get the basic meaning right. The worst translation was at 5:15 “they are men, so they beat us”. She actually said “They are men, so you understand” (she was referring to being bitten when they kiss).
Thank you Tania for sharing such an important story. I cant imagine how you managed to walk through the place with such vile men staring at you, it takes a very strong person and even stronger will. I wish we could change that about people who objectify people just because they feel they can.
At 18:44 when they started talking about younger girls I was really triggered. Hearing that 14 year old girls are forced to be with men like him is just abominable.
I am an Indian and the fact is these sort of issues are prevalent across our country as well, but if any foreign journalists try to do a honest portrayal, it’d be refuted as lies by the ignorant masses across the internet and the video probably have a bad like to dislike ratio. No hate for my own country, just want to highlight the intolerance
Kudos to Vice News for making this incredibly intense and unadorned documentary. It seems so petrifying because of the absurd candidness and equanimity customers exhibit when they are asked how they feel about the atrocities they facilitate. This place is literal hell on earth, and it makes my heart break seing what these people have to endure.
This was so sad to look at my heart goes out to those girls
yes its my country. and it hurts me so much. to see these
One of the best videos vice has done. It’s so disturbing to see such insane part of society.
“For millions and millions of human beings the real hell is Earth” – Arthur Schopenhauer
This is so heartbreaking , girls cannot have a regular life
It’s very sad how you can literally see the depression on these poor women’s faces.
My heart breaks for these women.
It’s really shame for us… shame for our nation. I’m also bangladeshi… before watching this documentary I haven’t any idea about this brothel about this place….look at this place it’s hell….God please save them.
Vice is doing great job showing reality to the world
as i bangladeshi it’s very shameful see this…….
Thank you, for the education Tania Rashid. Nothing surprises me; I was in the Vietnam War, and anyone who thinks that the USA or West is better, or more moral should educate themselves. The modern beginning of the child sex trade and prostitution in Thailand has its roots in the US occupation of Thailand during the Vietnam War. There was a demand, and the demand was met by suppliers. Outside of every Marine and naval base I was ever at were brothels and or prostitutes.
As A Bangladeshi…Don’t Know What To Say About This Dark Side…May Allah Protect Everyone
I feel worse watching this than any other documentaries on this type of subject because it’s my language, my country and it hurts to see so many innocents suffer like this.
These women’s stories break my heart. I’m old enough to know the ways of the world but it’s places like this that are painful to even learn of. What does the U.N. or the U.S. say of all this? Something must be done. No one can day this is “cultural.” only if by that they mean all cultures have this capability of evil, there just must be enough good people to push it back.
This is the country my parents ran from. My heart breaks because I can’t rescue my people.
The words that some of these girls say are breaking my heart. When one said that she used to be beautiful like her, I was just like you are beautiful. and when one said she came here happily her eyes spoke so much sadness
This is sickening. My heart aches for these poor girls
Hats off to the girl who bravely represented the real situation there…
It’s very sad for me watching this documentary.lots of they are trapped in this critical situations.Government should step up and help this underage girls…
Good report. Thanks Tania and the team. Prostitution is not the problem, poverty is.
This is so meaningful hope they find love and care in their live!
3:10 Heartbreaking, and the government does what exactly? nothing
I enjoy watching Vice News documentaries….keep doing a great job you guys!
i’m a REAL feminist because i know that the patriarchy in america is nothing compared to poor countries like bangladesh. most feminists just believe in small things like not shaving or not getting catcalled. the issues in bangladesh deeply hurt my feelings but so many choose to ignore.
Thank you Tania Rashid for this. I never knew such distressing works are being carried out. Can we please have update of how these girls are leading there life now after all these years.
Makes us realize how truly lucky we are in our western culture and our issues seem meaningless.
“Without money I m worthless” – that’s bitter truth
And sometimes I think I have it bad here in The Netherlands…
I was born in Bangladesh but I grew up in the US and I never knew about things like this regarding my country. This shit is fucking heart breaking
10:12–11:22 I have a sinking feeling that she was passed on and doesn’t want to lose face.Overall, Its sad to see this happening to the point it really pisses me off
This video said a lot of reality than any famous tv show or any so-called NGO. I feel very bad for those trapped there.
Good documentary, but as a journalist, she should of maintained a neutral and respectful tone when talking to that young man who was brave enough to show his face and talk honestly, or she’ll scare away further contacts like that.
Tania is spectacular, professional, brave and intelligent. I don’t think I’ve seen a single one of her reports that she wasn’t an absolute stellar reporter.
5:45 as someone who has Astmha, and taking Ventolin my entire life, i was really surprised to hear that ventolin was used as an beauty product…. This really hurts my heart
I’m bengali living in britain and watching this saddens me so much, since from my perspective I can see both modern british culture and bengali culture I can honestly say that the men taking advantage of this horrible service are a result of the sexually repressed culture of arranged marriage that is only just taking a modern turn if at all, the sexes are completely segregated even within some families. like excuse me if I’m wrong about anything I’m saying but if sex before marriage was acceptable in bengali society then perhaps these men wouldn’t resort to this. regardless of all of that the cycle is sick, the “customers” are sick, and the young women need help. you can say all you want about western feminism & fighting against rape culture but I do believe that it’s definitely needed both in the west and in places like bangladesh. do you think the girls who went there “willingly” thought this would be their dream job? the culture in bangladesh also forces rape victims and women who have had sex before marriage out of their homes, they are shunned from society and then they end up in places like this. they literally have the choice of either work as a sex worker or die if starvation and abandonment so if women in the western world are still being blamed for being sexually assaulted, how do you expect these women in this video to get justice? they think what’s happening to them is normal! if there isn’t a change here how will things change over there?
l love these vice docus, opens up the reality of this world we live in
This makes me sick but thank you for showing us what is going on in the world.
I now understand what they mean when they say “hell on earth” This actually made me sad .
If I ever become filthy rich one of the first things I’m doing is saving this place from it’s own depravity.
She is very lucky not to be kidnapped into that brothel while making this documentary! Yes, that’s the reality! And yeah, I am from Bangladesh.
I actually like this vice reporter for once. gorgeous and not stuck up or obnoxious, rare these days…
Sad af. Life can be really unfair. This is what makes me question God at times.
I feel so sorry for the girls, like what they’ve said “who wants this nasty job”. I know that they are only doing this for survival, and worse is that most of them were just abducted and brought to the brothel. If this was me I rather die than live in a life like hell.
I am a Bangladeshi… But i heard for the first time about this place. I didn’t know that there was a place like this. When the core of a country is corrupted then nobody can do anything for them.
It’s so heartbreaking to see this 🙁
Salute you for covering the untouched side of this gaudy world! You really had guts to be there.
You indeed have som journalism skills mam but I wonder how this video is not age restricted
Very intense host, asks the right questions, knows how to get the answers out. Good piece Vice.
i love how she explains how dirty it is there. just for a fact i’ve been in bangladesh. my opinion is Shittagong (chittagong) is way worse! its everywhere the outskirts is like one big dump.
vice never fails to amaze us
Man this is so depressing. I live in the same country but from my pov feels like totally different worlds…
1:50 I can see the pain inside
Kareem has been very honest throughout the video
I like how the lady does this so calmly like she belonged and it’s so natural
VICE News thank you for providing English subtitle. I am form Bangladesh,born in UAE.I live safe and peacefully in UAE. Well let me tell something about my country.. The country has the worst government ever.. members in government are illiterate.They are include in this Sex Work.Bangladesh is also a country with Crimin Rate including Police too..The country has gone down,too much crime.The PM of Bangladesh,Hasina worst PM I’ve ever seen in my life.she cares for herself only but not public and she win election by providing money to vote for her.
one of the best VICE videos ever. Kudos to the reporter for getting the real story. real as f##k.
Honestly, I was really concerned for her safety watching this.
I used to judge India according to what glamor I saw in the movies….. Boy, not for long my people….. Eh…. These documentaries changed everything…. Everything…..
Whenever you feel bad about your life watch this
22:10 That’s true but one thing that should’ve been mentioned and which is truly fucked up about this is that the age of consent in Bangladesh is 14 so this law uses that as a reference. I feel sad for the girl at 11:30 :'( she said she is happy with her job but i can tell by seeing her face that she isn’t happy. as a Bangladeshi and seeing this I’m feeling so much shameful but It’s the reality if i have the power to provide them a good life
i cried ….lot of love from nepal .to those sister
When the one girl says that she got married and her husband left her there ..(that’s very sad and disturbing as well)
this is so heart-breaking..
Some of them didn’t want to show their faces..I really hope people take these notes and respect their choices
The woman from 2:50 to 3:10 almost made me cry,I assure u,u will if u know bengali
Makes you really appreciate what you have. I feel so bad for these young girls.
It is my very humble opinion that maybe you should censor the girl’s image than exposing her naked body in the video. I think it is wrong to let the whole world see her naked body as I believe that one of the objective of this video is to protect women so maybe we should first do our part by censoring her naked image. Do correct me if I am wrong though. Besides that, kudos to the team for bringing the attention of the public to issues like this. This is really painful.
I’m just glad that Vice sent a reporter who actually speaks the language of the country they’re visiting, for once.
If I lived that kind of life I would’ve taken my life away.
Daulatdia life bears a lot of resemblance to the Roman city of Pompeii, which was devastated and its people were frozen in time so that they would testify to the inevitable fate of any vice city. I wouldn’t be surprised if Daulatdia met the same fate as Pompeii
Reporter: Are you addicted? Guy: Yes.
11:27 damn see that madam, under the pretense of giving a snack she glares at her worker as if to say ” keep your mouth shut”. Poor girl , she saying one thing but her eyes and expressions are saying “HELP ME!!!!!”. She has clearly been sold, groomed and forced. Brain washed to now say she happy, when she anything but happy.
Painful to see them…do we really human beings…hope these sisters will be free to live their life one day…God bless
The balls of the journalist to do this documentary is too legendary.
I bet that girl at 10:20 had a lot of story to say, but no she didn’t… and that man at 13:16, i was literally on tears laughing
when it’s normalized by the culture of living yeah obviously none would feel guilty of the actions and it’s understandable. yet in reality unethical.
it’s all about 7years ago,Now BD govt has taken Steps to stop these, they are being educated and moving away from this dark world. as a girl, I understand their suffering.
well made, but heartbreaking to watch
This was a very intense topic and a very intense documentary, thanks for this one Vice
I watch vice videos a lot but no matter what I will always search this one up specifically just because it interests me so much
0:01 – that’s why we love you vice media 2020 still sad with not much of hope…for these people around the world!
This one broke my heart for those girls…wish i could help them get out from there..this is real hell..
I’m a Bangladeshi, And I can assure you prostitution ISN’T common here. Probably there’re some clubs in Dhaka. But it’s not the same everywhere in Bangladesh 🇧🇩. You shouldn’t just believe blindly on contents which reveal bad sides of a country! Almost all the famous medias like Al jazeera, DW, Vice, BBC etc made documentary on this Daulatdiya! Idk what they want, but they just focus on bad things!
Sent shivers down my spine.
I feel very bad for those young girls.. really heartbroken the saddest part is “they are men so they beat us”.
24:04 “Without money I’m worthless” – describes sadly the whole world situation right now This is so depressing
I feel so bad for the young girls watching these videos generally, but then me picturing one of those girls being a niece or sister of Mine makes the feeling much more worse. It’s crazy how their families give them up to do jobs like this. No love at all
This was too depressing for me. The look of sadness in those girl´s eyes? It hurt me.
I’m Bangladeshi, and don’t even know about that! I wonder that there are many journalist, feminist, social Worker in our country, shouting about women empowerment, women development but they are totally blind about this case!
The journalists is a brave woman. She had find out deeply thought from the brothel. I respect her cause of she had got risk for the report. It was not easy work like another report.
In this world where there is light there will always be darkness. The strong will survive living good lives while the weak are in dirt. Thats simply how the world works. There is never enough room for love.
When you see places like this and wonder why no one acts to help is discouraging.
This hurts me How strong this women are Someday I believe you will gets freedom my prayer are with u
Actually that person Karim itself is addicted and lost his senses and sees no wrong doing. It is clearly not his mistake , it the governments mistake and mistake of the society in general
that’s life and it as funny as it may seem Some people get their kicks stomping’ on a dream But don’t let it, get you down ‘cause this fine old world, it keeps spinnin’ around
Ohhh My God.I can’t believe it’s all happening in bangladesh.Totally amazed as a bangladeshi…….Save those life.
This makes me so sad and heart broken
18:45 this is really hard for us to accept. I don’t know what went on the reporter’s mind after shooting this documentary.
You could see the sadness in the eyes of the girl who said she went there happily. 21st century slavery. This is very very sad.
Last girl makes me cry! if i had money, i would free her from that hell!
What a pity for these women. May God Protect them from harm and injustice.
Ahh, so this is what libertarianism looks like. Heartbreaking and brilliant journalism like this might make the world a better place if enough people see it.
legendary journalism. what a vice thanks for the hole work thanks for the images!!!!
Another great documentary from Tania. Please do more
Watching this now. I hope Bangladesh is a better place to live in now! 15:22 you can see how sorry she feels 🇧🇩 pray for them
My friend told me to search this up I decided to just listen to it while playing a horror game and the amount of anger from these stories I was rage killing enemies
That girl in 10:10 is so obviously lying and unhappy….
this is heartbreaking especially because i have no idea how anyone can save these girls
This is an incredibly brave woman!
Truely heartbreakin’ 🙁 *owned by very powerful families.
Shuma’s words 23:39 “Is this a life ? I wish I wasn’t alive” “Without money I am worthless”. Pretty much sums up this documentary. Have to say, I have very little faith in humanity 🙁
Heart breaking!!!! Such young girls, women being shipped in to this heinous hell, just for men’s pleasure. It’s a disgrace that men sleep with these sex slaves, without any comparison to help save them in any way! They see them as commodity, but they are people, women, girls. I cannot believe that this still goes on today in 21st c.
I just saw a undefined pain in their eyes……..
If you can understand Bengali, it will hit and break your heart even more. I cannot believe that guy who loves to sleep with young girls and the man who lures them with jobs and are so proud of it. No guilt at all. Sick
Hopefully, Vice news will come up with some more informative videos.
I could literally see evil in the Madam’s eyes…
seeing these women go through that every single day on this docu…..damn im too emotional here right now…………..makes me sad as shit cause nobody should ever have to do that ever.
I live in Bangladesh, In the capital city. Ngl I never ever see such a things. It is totally dark side of my country. I’m really shocked after watching this video.
To the management of VICE, kindly remove the footage material 25:06 – 25:12. It’s not inappropriate. Thank you.
so sad. this is a incredible video.
Journalism at it’s best
best documentary I have seen in a while… stuck to its title and never went out of topic. Poor girls.