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Trafficking and Prostitution of Iranian Women 

Some of the information I've used for this paper comes from confidential sources.

Documented trafficking and/or prostitution rings in Iran 1995-2003


"53 Iranian tribesman jailed for selling girls in Pakistan," ANI, April 28, 2003


"Iran Revolutionary Guards make major 'porn' haul," Agence France Presse, December 23, 2002
"Iran faces taboo topic of prostitution," The Independent, December 13, 2002
"40 Pak men sentenced for trafficking girls, The Tribune (Islamabad), October 23, 2002
"A shocking report on the sale of Iranian girls," Women in Iran, September 2, 2002
"18 year old girl flees traffickers," Women's Committee, National Council of Resistance of Iran, July 7, 2002
"Iranian police declare war on prostitution," Agence France Presse, May 22, 2002
"Iran girls forced to work in Pakistani brothels," Middle East Times, Issue 45, 2002

"Iranian police smash prostitution networks," Middle East Times, Issue 43, 2002
"Number of runaway girls rises 20 fold," March 2002


 "50 member gang of corruption and prostitution," (Citing IRNA) December 22, 2001
"Runway girls detained," Entekhab Daily, November 25, 2001
"Homicidal Web," World Press Review, October 2001
"Two operators of prostitution ring sentenced to death," IRNA, September 15, 2001
"Iran arrests members of sex trade ring," Reuters, August 1, 2001
"Iranian judge receives verdict on charges of molesting teenage girls, Agence France Presse, July 14, 2001
"Runaway girl sentenced to lashes," IRNA, June 16, 2001
"Iranian MPs act on prostitute killings," BBC, April 16, 2001
"Iran investigating serial murder of prostitutes," Times of India, March 11, 2001
"Prostitution among Iran's holy men," Village Voice, March 28, April 3, 2001
"Judge arrested in connection with underage prostitution ring," Agence France Presse, February 11, 2001
"Former judge arrested on prostitution charges," IRNA, February 8, 2001
"Group smuggling girls to Persian Gulf states busted," Iran News (Tehran), February 7, 2001
 "Tehran police shut down 29 brothels," Agence France Presse, January 11, 2001


"Iran's runaways girls," BBC World, December 14, 2000
"Needy youngsters live on city streets," Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, December 7, 2000
"Half-way houses help runaway girls," Bad Jens, Iranian Feminist Newsletter, 21 November 2000
"Teenage girls fall prey of Tehran's gangs," The Independent, November 13, 2000
"Runaway youths a thorn in Iran's chaste side," New York Times, November 5, 2000
"Worse then hell," Bulletin of the Women's Committee, National Council of Resistance of Iran, November 2000
 "Iran slavery ring led by woman who sold her own daughter, Agence France Presse, October 27, 2000
"More crime against women in Iran," Agence France Presse, October 15, 2000
"Trafficking women in Iran," Agence France Presse, October 13, 2000
"Love finds a way: Temporary marriage," New York Times, October 4, 2000
"Addressing problems of women and girls," Iran Report, August 21, 2000
"Tehran home to 25,000 street children," Agence France Presse, August 10, 2000
 "29 smugglers arrested," Agence France Presse, October 13, 2000
"Paper hits out at government over corruption among youth," Agence France Presse, July 30, 2000
  "Drugs and prostitution soar in Iran, BBC, July 7, 2000
"Iran uncovers gang smuggling underage girls to Persian Gulf countries," Agence France Presse, February 6, 2000
 "Iran acknowledges prostitution," Associated Press, July 6, 2000
 "No passports for women expelled for prostitution," Agence France Presse, January 14, 2000


"Iranian women and girls: Victims of exploitation and violence," Making the Harm Visible, 1999


"Ten minute marriages," Agence France Presse, June 20, 1998


"Iran stones six to death," Associated Press, October 26, 1997


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