‘I have to do this’: Myanmar garment workers forced into sex work by Covid

Factory closures due to fashion industry order cancellations have pushed many former employees into often dangerous work

When Hla, 19, tried to go back to work seven months ago after having a baby, there were no jobs. Hundreds of garment factories in Myanmar had closed after western fashion brands cancelled orders due to the pandemic, leaving thousands of women jobless.

As lockdown gripped Yangon, her marriage broke down, her husband left, and her father had to sell his trishaw – no longer able to take passengers in the city. Her parents and baby were hungry. Five months ago, she became a sex worker.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: ‘I have to do this’: Myanmar garment workers forced into sex work by Covid ———