Bangladesh: The Bitterest Pill by GMB Akash

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The arm of fifteen year old Putal, a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur, bleeding from the fresh cuts of self harm. Many of the girls working in this brothel are given Oradexon, a steroid drug, by their madams. It is considered to make them appear older and thus avoid falling foul of a law that requires sex workers to be aged over eighteen.  One of Oradexon's side effects is water retention, oedema, which can result in a 'plump' look that is considered attractive among some Bangladeshi men. Oradexon has many other harmful side effects if not correctly administered and can be addictive. .