Bangladesh: The Bitterest Pill by GMB Akash

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Josna (left) works as a bonded sex worker (Chhukri) in a brothel in Faridpur. Her mother, Shahinur, standing in the background, also takes Oradexon. Like many of her co-workers she is given Oradexon, a steroid drug, by her madam in order to make her look more attractive to prospective clients. One of its 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.