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A Contemporary Hell: Life Inside a Ba...
Faridpur, Bangladesh
By Miguel Candela
07 Mar 2015

Prostitution in Bangladesh has been legal since the year 2000. However, as Bangladesh is a conservative Muslim country, prostitution carries negative social stigmas. Despite this, severe poverty and economic stagnation have forced women previously employed in other sectors to become prostitutes. Furthermore, many sex workers are underage and child prostitution is rife. Female sex workers are often abused and and always underpaid, earning as little as $0.50 per customer.

However, there is growing awareness among sex workers and they have started to organize themselves in unions. One organization of sex workers is called the “Prostitute Association of Faridfur,” founded in Faridpur district, near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. These associations were formed to establish a “union” among sex workers and protect them from abuse. Despite the face of a unified force in having associations to represent these sex workers, radical Islamic conservatives have openly condemned these women. In 2010, these radicals burned a brothel to the ground. That incident injured two women and left all of the other tenants homeless. 

These photos offer intimate portraits of women who's daily lives consist of abuse and exploitation as they struggle to survive on the fringes of one of the poortest societies on earth. 

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. An escort girl is posing for the camera in the Bywater area of New Orleans. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The husband/manager of a stripper is taking a break at a local coffee shop. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper/escort is posing for the camera before heading back to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A Barker working for a local strip club is trying to attract clients inside. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper and her manager husband are spending quality time together before she has to work at a local strip club in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. An escort girl is posing for the camera in the Bywater area of New Orleans. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The husband/manager of a stripper is taking a break at a local coffee shop. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. An escort girl who wants to remain anonymous is leaving on her bike after an interview in the Bywater area of New Orleans. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
07 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. The husband/manager of a stripper is taking a break at a local coffee shop. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper and her manager husband are spending quality time together before she has to work at a local strip club in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 7, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A stripper, originally from Houston Texas, and her husband/manager are posing for the camera before returning to work in the old French Quarter. New Orleans, one of the most important epicenter of the sex industry in the United States dates back from the city's origine in the second half of the 18th century. Today, New Orleans has its fare share of strip clubs, escort services, and quarters filled with street walkers based inside motels. This historical tolerance for the oldest profession in the world attracts tenth of thousands of tourists during mardi Gras whilling to spend their hard earned money in these establishments, therefore contributing in the city's financial intake.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A local security guard is pinning down a sex worker accused of hustling pedestrian in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A sex worker is taking a rest from work in front of a strip joint in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. NOPD is arresting a sex worker accused of hustling pedestrian in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. Local girls looking for men are walking in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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New Orleans
By Transterra Editor
06 Mar 2014

March 6, 2013, New Orleans, LA, United States. A sex worker is taking a rest from work in front of a strip joint in the French quarter. Amongst all the madness which has made the Big Easy an infamous city for its tolerance of liquor consumption and various types of misbehavior, prostitution is also tolerated by the local authorities. Sex workers are common in New Orleans, from street workers to strippers or even escorts, all bring big business to the city.

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Transgenders (6 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
12 Dec 2011

Lyalya, 45, is bisexual. During private events, he likes to dress up in women’s clothing.

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Transgenders (13 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2011

Lorena-Madonna, 25, grew up in an orphanage. She was sexually abused as a child. It’s been 6 years since she’s been working in the sex trade.

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Transgenders (7 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2011

Maga.19,is from Echmiadzin (Armavir region). She is working as a hairdresser in her city during the day and as a sex worker at night in Yerevan (capital of Armenia).

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Transgenders (17 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
25 Mar 2011

Layma, 30. Many of the transgender sex workers lived or live in Layma's apartment. She is working as a sex worker but dreams of having another job.

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Transgenders (8 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
25 Mar 2011

Layma, 30, many of transgendered sex workers lived or live in Layma's apartment. She is working as a sex worker but dreams of having another job.

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Transgenders (16 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2010

A transgender party in one of the night clubs in Yerevan.

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Transgender In Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia
By U.S. Editor
09 May 2010

My photo story portrays cross dressers and transgender women that engage in sex work in Yerevan, Armenia — the most vulnerable and at-risk group in Armenia. The subjects in my photographs are predominantly young adults who have been cast off from society, who cannot find another job because of their appearance. Many of them have had a difficult childhood; they were sexually assaulted at a young age, grew up in orphanages, lived in socially insecure situations or under the care of a single parent. Being deprived of family, education and employment, many of them chose the easiest though most dangerous way to make money. Many transgender sex workers dream of having another job, a house, a family. Sometimes they organize private transgender social gatherings, where they party and dance until dawn. Transgender sex workers mainly live apart from their families, renting alone, or with a few people (in the same apartment).

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Transgenders (14 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
07 May 2010

Lorena-Madonna, 25, grew up in an orphanage. She was sexually abused as a child. It’s been 6 years since she’s been working in the sex trade.

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Transgenders (5 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
07 May 2010

Vika, 21, is from Abovyan City. She lives with other transgender women in an apartment in Yerevan. She has been working as a sex worker for 2 years, but her family doesn’t know what she does.