National features of prostitution in Arab countries and Iran

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May 15, 2023, 2:23:48 AM5/15/23
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It is important to note that prostitution is illegal in all Arab countries and Iran, and is considered a serious crime that carries severe legal and social penalties.

However, despite the legal prohibition, prostitution does occur in some Arab countries and Iran, often in hidden and underground forms. The reasons for this are varied, but may include poverty, economic hardship, and social stigma attached to single women or divorcees.

In some countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, the government has taken a strong stance against prostitution and has implemented strict laws and penalties aimed at preventing and punishing prostitution-related activities. This includes fines, imprisonment, and even execution in some cases. To learn more about the impact of prostitution on women in the Middle East, you may be interested in reading this article from Human Rights Watch.

In other Arab countries, such as Lebanon and Syria, the legal and social attitudes towards prostitution are more relaxed, with prostitution occurring openly in certain areas, particularly in tourist and red-light districts.

The involvement of foreign women in prostitution is also a common phenomenon in some Arab countries and Iran, where they may be brought in under false pretenses and forced to engage in sex work against their will. This is known as trafficking and is also a serious crime that carries severe penalties. To understand the root causes of prostitution in the Middle East, you may find this page from the

Overall, it is important to understand that prostitution is not a culturally accepted practice in Arab countries and Iran, and those who engage in it do so at great risk to themselves. It is important to work towards addressing the underlying social and economic factors that contribute to prostitution, as well as taking strong legal action against those who engage in it or facilitate it.
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