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Sex workers wait with heavy sticks and a Boti (a sickle-shaped kitchen knife) determined to beat off the Islamists and land grabbers trying to evict them from the Tangail brothel. The existence of the brothel is under threat from both Islamists and land grabbers. Many of the region's brothels, which were generally established in the early 1900s, have now become prime real estate, tempting more powerful groups to evict the prostitutes and seize the land.