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Prostitution in Afghanistan

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Prostitution in Afghanistan is illegal.[1] It was also illegal under the rule of the Taliban.
[2]

Despite laws against fornication, Afghanistan has a lucrative prostitution industry, fueled
by poverty and displacement: brothels manage to exist under strict Islamic law by paying
bribes to police officers who come to raid them.[3]

Prostitution exists throughout the country, the capital Kabul, too, has its bordellos: in
addition to a number of Chinese “restaurants”, which employ imported prostitutes and
cater to an international clientele, the city sports several illegal prostitution houses.[4][5]

Apart from the enormous poverty from the country, what fuels prostitution is a culture
which strictly demands female virginity before marriage, leaving the prostitutes as the
only women available for sex with unmarried men or men who want to engage in sex
with someone else than their wife. [6]

Some prostitutes have only anal sex, in order to preserve their virginity.[7]

It is very difficult to estimate how many women in Afghanistan are prostitutes, because
of the underground nature of the practice. A recent University of Manitoba report
estimated about 900 female prostitutes in Kabul.[8]

Often the families of the prostitutes (who are often underage) are involved into the
business.[9]

Afghan women and girls are trafficked within the country and to Pakistan and Iran for
commercial sexual exploitation and temporary marriages.[10] Impoverished Afghan
families have sold their children into forced sexual exploitation, marriage, and labor.[11]
Afghani women are sold into prostitution in Pakistan for around 600 rupees - less than $4
a pound, depending on their weight.[12]

Some Afghan men force their wives or daughters into prostitution. [13] Commercial sexual
exploitation of underage boys is a problem.[14] Young boys are used as objects of pleasure
by commanders, tribal leaders, and others.

[edit] References

1. ^ "2008 Human Rights Report: Afghanistan". US Department of State.


http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2008/sca/119131.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
2. ^ "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices". US Department of State.
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2000/sa/721.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
3. ^ "Under wraps, prostitution rife in north Afghanistan". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSISL17365820080519.
Retrieved 2010-05-25.
4. ^ "The oldest profession is alive and well in carefully-concealed brothels and on the streets". RAWA.
http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2008/01/16/prostitution-thrives-in-afghanistan.html. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
5. ^ "Chinese sex workers find their way to Kabul". Reuters. http://in.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idINISL12604420080519?
pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
6. ^ "Under wraps, prostitution rife in north Afghanistan". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSISL17365820080519.
Retrieved 2010-05-25.
7. ^ "Sex trade thrives in Afghanistan". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25164944/. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
8. ^ "Sex trade thrives in Afghanistan". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25164944/page/2/. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
9. ^ "Sex trade thrives in Afghanistan". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25164944/page/2/. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
10. ^ "Trafficking in Persons Report 2009". US Department of State. http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/123135.htm.
Retrieved 2010-05-25.
11. ^ "Afghanistan". United States Department of Labour. http://www.dol.gov/ilab/media/reports/iclp/tda2004/afghanistan.htm.
Retrieved 2010-05-25.
12. ^ "Millions Suffer in Sex Slavery". News Max. http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2001/4/23/184354.shtml. Retrieved
2010-05-25.
13. ^ "Trafficking in Persons Report 2009". US Department of State. http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/123135.htm.
Retrieved 2010-05-25.
14. ^ "Boys in Afghanistan Sold Into Prostitution, Sexual Slavery". Digital Journal.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/246409/Boys_in_Afghanistan_Sold_Into_Prostitution_Sexual_Slavery. Retrieved 2010-05-25.

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Corruption
http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNADO248.pdf

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,672828,00.html