Tangail Brothel Photo Project
PORTRAITS FOR CHANGE
Help us change the lives of the hundreds of women trapped in the Tangail Brothel.....
As in many places around the world, brothels have existed in the country of Bangladesh for centuries. But here, it seems out of place for such an otherwise conservative and predominantly Muslim country. One of the most infamous is Tangail. It is home to hundreds of women caught in the sex trade. They have with little hope of escape for themselves or their children. Many entered the business while still teenagers or were born there. They have known no other life. To compound the situation, a legal sex trade is also known to increase the horrifying trade of selling young women into this business by organized crime, so many are the victims of human trafficking.
Most of the earnings of these women go to their “madams” or local law enforcement. At the same time, they are mostly illiterate, having received no schooling. A fate that also befalls their children, leaving them with no opportunity to escape this trap. To make matters worse, they also are shunned by local doctors and hospitals, so receive no medical care.
For the last five years, the US based medical charity Partners for World Health (PWH) have been visiting this brothel to provide primary health care services to people in an otherwise desperate situation. Despite a difficult start in gaining trust in this tight-knit community, which is governed by the criminal underworld, the years of dedication now mean PWH are welcomed back, thanks to the much-needed assistance that they provide.
Photographer David Wright has been documenting the work of PWH in other locations. The images he captures help spread the word about the plight of under served communities that are much less fortunate than our own, as well as helping PWH directly raise funds to continue the essential work they do. Many of the images on the PWH website were taken by David on previous trips.
David plans to visit Tangail brothel in early March 2019 with the PWH medical team and to shoot a series of beautifully crafted portraits of the women and children within this community. The photographs will celebrate the strength and resilience of these people, despite living in the worst of conditions. The portraits will then become a photographic exhibition that would tour the US to help raise awareness about situations like this and to promote change.
To make this project possible, we are asking that you make a donation directly to the charity Partners for World Health 501(c)3. These funds will be used to cover David's travel costs, equipment hire and the printing costs for the exhibition. The target is $6000, of which $3500 has already been pledged.
(Please note- It is important that a notation be made to earmark your donation to “Tangail Brothel Photo Project” within the additional comments section of the website or on your check. All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a thank you letter for tax purposes.).
Donations can be made by check or at the PWH donations page of their website. www.partnersforworldhealth.org
Thank you for you help!
Images from David's previous trips with Partners for World Health to Senegal and Uganda