Bangladesh Sex Trade

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From the Sex Trade to Fair Trade: A Story of Empowerment

Fatima, barely 18, has a face like an angel. "I was 15 when I was raped by my cousin. My mother threw me out of the house. I left for Dhaka where I was assaulted again. When I left back to Mymensingh, I began working in the sex trade because I was furious with myself. I had lost everything." Fatima spent a year in Mymensingh's red light district before joining a Mennonite Central Committee program for Bangladeshi women like her. She is now one of their expert soap-makers. "I'll never forget the day we celebrated our new life," recalls Fatima. "My anger was gone. I was able to trade it in for something happy."