Prostitution in Iran is illegal, and incurs various punishments ranging from fines and jail terms to execution for repeat offenders. The exact number of prostitutes working in Iran is unknown. However, prostitutes are visible on some street corners of the major cities.
Iran had previously agreed to improve cooperation with regional countries to combat trafficking, according to the report, but it failed in sharing its anti-trafficking efforts. Public information from the media, international organizations and NGOs indicated that the Iranian government did not take significant steps to address its extensive trafficking violations. Information in the TIP report stated that the Iranian government provided financial support to militias fighting in Iraq which recruited and used child soldiers.
Stifled by her family life and troubled by her lack of personal finances, year-old Mona began selling her body in Tehran two years ago. The woman, whom Mona identifies as year-old Zari, eventually invited Mona to her home and suggested to the year-old that she start having sex for money. There would be no pressure, Zari insisted.
Her manicured fingernails, painted pink, brushed away her long brown hair as she looked through old photographs of her childhood, recounting how even her own family has struggled to accept her. Nevertheless, the general public still harasses and abuses them, and families often shun them. Discrimination in the workplace has forced some into prostitution and others to kill themselves.
By Andrew Hough. Five million should flee Tehran over earthquake fears: Ahmadinejad. The Islamic dress code is mandatory in Iran, which has been under clerical rule for more than three decades.
Their voices from rooftops were loudest, and their defiance in the streets boldest. She stood. Will they kill us all?
Iran's government officials were involved in sex trafficking of women and girls, and some of them even forced girls into prostitution rings, a report by the State Department says. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says the report shows the Obama administration's "irresponsibility" in striking a nuclear deal with Tehran. Iran is among the six countries in the Middle East and North Africa that have been placed on the Tier 3 List, the highest level of concern.
Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, was hanged on Saturday despite an international campaign for her release by groups including the International Committee Against Executions and Amnesty International over her seven years in prison. Judges ruled that she stabbed him in the back in after purchasing a knife two days earlier but although she admitted stabbing him once, she claimed another man killed him. In her message, Ms Jabbari said she believed she would have been murdered that night if she had not fought back.
Tehran : Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be "convinced" to undergo sterilisation to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said on Sunday. Last week, when images of homeless men and women sleeping in open graves outside Tehran shocked Iranian society, a cartoonist said on social media that the women must be sterilised because they give birth to children with "weak genes". The suggestion by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpour to "block the misery of poor humans who enter this world with many diseases, pain and addiction" outraged many people.