Silver / 2016 / Portraiture / Other_P
The Longing of the Others
Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries where
prostitution is legal. The Kandapara brothel in the district of
Tangail is the oldest and one of the largest in the country - it
has existed for some 200 years. Here live and work more than
700 sex workers with their children and their madams. The
brothel district is surrounded by a two-meter wall. In the narrow
streets, there are food stalls, tea shops and street vendors.Many of the women were born in the brothel, are sold by family
members or have fled their husbands and secure in this way
their livelihood. Officially, they must be 18 years old, but most
of them are underage. Although prostitution is legal in
Bangladesh since 2000, these women are socially stigmatized
outside their "homes" and thus often choose to stay and
continue supporting their families with their earnings.
Sandra Hoyn studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany, graduating in 2005. She started working as a freelance photojournalist for magazines, NGOs and on her personal projects, concentrating on social, environmental and human rights issues. She worked in various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.
In 2015, she received World Press 3rd prize, category nature singles. In 2014, she was selected by LensCulture as one of the Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2013, she received the Henri Nannen Award.