Passports for Women Expelled from Persian Gulf Countries for
Jan 14, 2000 (AFP) - Iran will no longer issue passports to
Iranian women who have been expelled from Persian Gulf countries
for prostitution, press reports said Sunday.
measure, taken to clamp down on "professional drug
smugglers," was decided after recent mass expulsions of
Iranian prostitutes from several Persian Gulf countries, the
weekly Omid-e Javan said, citing police officials.
said last week that police have also recently closed 29 brothels
in Tehran, an unprecedented report in Islamic Iran, where the
existence of prostitution had been officially unmentionable.