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Iraqi refugees forced into prostitution

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As many as 50,000 Iraqis, many still children, bear yet another consequence of the American invasion. Click the link for the entire article.

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On a dry, hot summer night in Jeremana, a run-down suburb of Damascus, clusters of pedestrians stroll down the dusty sidewalks. Most of the area residents are recently arrived Iraqi refugees. Abundant are the GMC trucks that bring them to Syria. Abundant, too, is a stream of cars with plates from neighboring Gulf states, some of which head down a side street towards a nightclub. Here, young prostitutes dance seductively under disco lights, hoping to attract business. Most young dancers are Iraqi refugees.Child prostitution is an increasingly widespread phenomenon in Damascus. Out of economic desperation, Iraqi refugee women and girls are forced into these roles. Frequently, women who have lost their husbands or girls who have lost their fathers resort to prostitution to support their families. And sometimes families that have no other financial resources sell their daughters into the sex industry. It is a tragic and horrifying reality.

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Next, on to Iran?

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Written by Monte

September 20, 2007 at 11:26 am

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