An Iranian Prostitute?s Electronic Plea

Reporting for Pacificnews.org, Behrouz Saba describes
the plight of an Iranian woman named Sanaz, who keeps a weblog
called Fahesheh, the Farsi word for ?prostitute.? The blog
contains a link to an interview Sanaz gave the Farsi service of
Radio Sweden, in which she paints a picture of ?an Iran where
living is all but unaffordable for most people, officials high and
low are irredeemably corrupt, heroin is cheap and widely available,
and even married women sometimes sell themselves to feed their
families.? If a single woman requests welfare in Iran, she is given
the equivalent of $7.50 per month, about enough money to buy only
two kilos of meat. When arrested for prostitution, young women are
usually required to spend the night in bed with the arresting
officer and are also recruited by the police for the clergy, who
sometimes torture prostitutes before releasing them. Whether or not
the United States intervenes to install regime change, Saba writes,
?young, bright and increasingly emboldened students are planning
the downfall of the ayatollahs their own way.?
?Anne Geske

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An Iranian Prostitute?s Electronic Plea

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