Posted by: bahareiran | August 8, 2012

Iran’s “hidden” prostitution – some figures

BBC Monitoring, 26 July 2012

It is not common for Iranian officials to admit to the existence of prostitution. Usually, this type of social issue is portrayed as a Western plot to create a cultural metamorphosis in society and corrupt Iranian youth.

Tehran’s pre-revolution red light district of Shahr-e Now (New Town) was demolished after the 1979 Islamic revolution, prompting prostitutes to move on to the streets to ply their trade.

The latest move is an acknowledgment by the authorities of the extent of the problem.

“Certain statistics have no positive function in society; instead, they have a negative psychological impact. It is better not to talk about them,” said the head of the SWO Social Welfare Organization, Homayun Hashemi.

Available figures show the two provinces of Tehran and Iran’s north-eastern province of Khorasan Razavi, have the highest number of “street women”.

Other figures suggest that 10%-12% of prostitutes are married women in their early to late 20s.

According to Masudi-Farid, the age of entry into prostitution has fallen in recent years.

Unconfirmed studies show that the age of entry into prostitution has fallen to 14.

The growing number of minors who turn to prostitution are reportedly victims of domestic violence, poverty, unemployment and pre-arranged marriages, as well as divorce.

55% Of “cyber prostitutes” are aged 16 to 25.


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