(L) Pakhi (meaning "Bird" in Bangla) gets ready with floormate, in her bedfroom on the 3rd floor of the Joinal Bari brothel in Faridpur, central Bangladesh. Pakhi has worked in this brothel for two years and claims to be 22 years old. She was married for 4 years and ran away because her husband was crazy. When she went back to her fathers house her uncle took her to Dhaka, saying that he was going to enroll her in a dance school. Instead he sold her to a madame, and she has worked in this brothel for two years. "I am not scared of anyone. Sometimes this place is okay, sometimes it's not, but anything is better than living with my husband. I don't talk with my parents anymore. I miss them, but what can I do? I feel like Alyea (my madame) is my own mother. I love her and this is like my family. I dream of being a madame someday." .About 800 women and girls live and work inside the bustling brothel, comprised of four buildings situated on an important trading route on the banks of the Padma river. Many of chowkri (bonded sex workers) are underage. Some of the girls are runaways who leave home to escape a bad situation or marriage, and end up on the brothels when they have no where else to go. Many others have been kidnapped and sold to a madame by a parent or relative. They must take on 5-10 clients per day, and most receive no pay because they must repay their debt to their madame. ..