Bangladesh’s oldest brothel closed after Islamist pressure

Bangladeshi residents carry away a bed as the 200-year-old Kandapara brothel is knocked down in Tangail on July 14, 2014

Bangladesh’s oldest brothel has been shut down following pressure from local clerics and politicians amid rising conservatism in the Muslim-majority country, police said Monday.

More than 750 prostitutes in Tangail city were forced out of a cluster of houses that made up the 200-year-old Kandapara brothel on Sunday after the dwelling’s owners ordered them shut, an officer said.

District police chief Saleh Mohammad Tanvir said the owners made the decision after Muslim clerics and civil activists staged a march last week demanding the eviction of the sex workers…