Report of the Eviction of Tangail Brothel (APNSW, July 2013)

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The Tangail brothel complex in Bangladesh is over 200 years old. The property originally belonged to a wealthy zamindar (landowner), but over time was sold to the sex workers who lived there. In July 2014, a violent mob attacked the area and forcibly displaced the residents, most of whom were sex workers, and looted their property. After a long struggle and investigation by sex workers rights groups including APNSW, the property was finally restored to the rightful owners. No brothel evictions have taken place in Bangladesh since.