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August-24-99

Afghan Women Forced Into Prostitution

The Herald Magazine recently published an article contending that "scores" of Afghan women have turned to prostitution in order to support themselves. Widowed by decades of civil war, forbidden from work , and largely confined to their homes, Afghan women have few opportunities to gain income.

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) spokesperson Zarghuna Hashemi stated, "There are hundreds of prostitutes roaming the streets of Kabul and their numbers are rising every day. They are not the regular professionals we had in Kabul before or during the war. These women are a product of the economic turmoil of the last three years."

A former member of the Taliban's religious police explained that many prostitutes approach potential customers by pretending to be beggars, then make appointments for sex. He said clients "are mainly shop keepers and their trading partners in Pakistan, Iran and the Gulf," and said that storerooms and attics are often the site of the exchanges. Other women live in brothels, of which there are about 25-30 in Kabul.

Prostitutes and johns who are caught by authorities often avoid serious punishment through the offering of judicial bribes. Taliban soldiers, who are allowed to frequent brothel prostitutes at no charge, are unlikely to crack down on the practice.

Media Resources: The Herald Magazine - August, 1999


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