90% of sex workers in Bangladesh are addicted to steroids.
Although prostitution is legal in distinct brothel houses in Bangladesh, the law clearly states you must be 18 years of age to work as a prostitute. As many as 200,000 girls and women work in this trade. Young girls as young as 9, usually sold by their families, as well as mature women, are given a cow steroid, Oradexon, used to fatten them up. Curvier women make more money in this industry and all girls are given it to plump up or in younger girls’ cases, to make them appear to be older. It’s a cheap drug (cheaper than tea), and 100 pills for $1.00 is easily available anywhere. But long term exposure to the drug and improper use can lead to serious side effects, such as extreme bloating and hypertension, even DEATH.
Nobody knows how long it has been a tradition in brothel houses in Bangladesh, but it surely has been around long enough for them to understand the long term side effects. It is very dangerous if you use it for longer than 2 or 3 months and most girls have been on it for YEARS. The steroid use is linked to heart disease, obesity, kidney failure and osteoporosis. Giving it up is difficult as the withdrawal symptoms include headaches and skin rashes. Many people now aware of side affects have been using it for years are unable to kick the addiction. I would imagine it would be like the crash of a severe heroine addiction or something similar. Although Bangladesh technically bars the sale of steroids without a doctor’s prescription, in practice this is rarely enforced.