“If threats don't work, they [sexual predators] wait for us to fall asleep and sometimes they even lie down between us and touch us,” Tanzila said. Who will stop them in the dead of the night?”Tanzila spent her days begging and stealing with other children. Out of the 13–or-so girls I met, almost all of them spoke of drug abuse and being subjected to “bad things” - which is how most girls living on the streets refer to sexual abuse. I ran away and found some of the older girls on the streets, including Tanzila apu, and I came to live here. Almost everyone here is on something or other.”Fourteen-year-old Rokeya tries to explain the motivations for indulging in substance abuse.
Source: Dhaka Tribune October 11, 2018 20:15 UTC