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« on: Mar 26, 2008 10:22 AM »


This is heartbreaking. -- J.

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50,000 Iraqi refugees forced into prostitution


Women and girls, many alarmingly young, who fled the chaos at home are
being further betrayed after reaching ’safety’ in Syria


By Nihal Hassan in Damascus

It’s Monday night in a dingy club on the outskirts of the Syrian
capital. Two dozen girls are moving half-heartedly on the dance floor,
lit up by flashing disco lights.

They are dessed in tight jeans, low-cut tops and knee-high boots, but
the girls’ make-up can’t disguise the fact that most are in their
mid-teens. It’s a strange sight in a conservative Muslim country, but
this is the sex business, and it’s booming as a result of the war in Iraq.

Backstage, the manager sits in his leather chair, doing business. A
Saudi client is quoted $500 for one of the girls. Eventually he beats
it down to $300. Next door, in a dimly lit room, the next shift of
girls arrives, taking off the black all-covering abayasthey wear
outside and putting on lipstick and mascara.

To judge from the cars parked outside, the clients come from all over
the Gulf region - many are young Saudi men escaping from an even more
conservative moral climate. But the Syrian friend who has brought me
here tells me that 95 per cent of the girls are Iraqi.

Most are unwilling to talk, but Zahra, an attractive girl with a bare
midriff and tattoos, tells me she’s 16. She has been working in this
club since fleeing to Syria from Baghdad after the war. She doesn’t
like it, she says, “but what can we do? I hope things get better in
Iraq, because I miss it. I want to go back, but I have to look after
my sister”. Zahra points to a thin, pubescent girl with long black
hair, who seems to be dancing quite happily. Aged 13, Nadia started in
the club two months ago.

As the girls dance suggestively, allowing their breasts to brush
against each other, one winks at a customer. But these girls are not
just providing the floor show - they have paid to be here, and they
need to pick up a client, or they’ll lose money. If successful,
they’ll earn about $60, equivalent to a month’s wages in a factory.

There are more than a million Iraqi refugees in Syria, many are women
whose husbands or fathers have been killed. Banned from working
legally, they have few options outside the sex trade. No one knows how
many end up as prostitutes, but Hana Ibrahim, founder of the Iraqi
women’s group Women’s Will, puts the figure at 50,000.

I met Fatima in a block of flats operating informally as a brothel in
Saida Zainab, a run-down area with a large Iraqi population. Millions
of Shias go there every year, because of the shrine of the prophet
Mohamed’s granddaughter. “I came to Syria after my husband was killed,
leaving me with two children,” Fatima tells me. “My aunt asked me to
join her here, and my brothers pressured me to go.” She didn’t realise
the work her aunt did, and she would be forced to take up, until she arrived.

Fatima is in her mid-20s, but campaigners say the number of Iraqi
children working as prostitutes is high. Bassam al-Kadi of Syrian
Women Observatory says: “Some have been sexually abused in Iraq, but
others are being prostituted by fathers and uncles who bring them here
under the pretext of protecting them. They are virgins, and they are
brought here like an investment and exploited in a very ugly way.”
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 26, 2008 05:20 PM »

well thats sick of their 'Muslim' brother' to do that instead of just giving them free money. i hope they burn in hell
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 27, 2008 08:11 PM »

As-Salaamu `alaykum,

Unfortunately, this happens a lot nowadays.

I was recently reading about Egypt's street children and how they are being coerced into prostitution. Well, I consider this child prostitution because those children don't know any better, but what amazes me the most is how these so-called men are sleeping with children that are around the same age as their own children and thus are allowed to walk the face of this earth?

We really have many mentally ill people of different walks of life and there are some who have religious delusions as well whether they be Muslims or otherwise.

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 28, 2008 02:02 AM »

As salaamu alaikum,

This is heartbreaking and anger inducing.  Due to no fault of their own these women and young girls have been forced from their homes, are unable to work legally and so must do something that is so fundamentally wrong just to survive.  Worse still is that they earn more per night doing this than they would working a month in a factory.  This is the kind of morality that is being exported to Muslim lands.  I suppose there are some oddballs in the world that would say that now they are liberated rather than oppressed.  I'm just disgusted.  If women ruled the world.......

As salaamu alaikum

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 28, 2008 05:56 PM »

well thats sick of their Muslim brothers to do that instead of just giving them free money. i hope they burn in hell

Ditto!

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