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Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                            gvnet.com/humantrafficking/Iran.htm

Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran's economy is marked by an inefficient state sector, reliance on the oil sector, which provides the majority of government revenues, and statist policies, which create major distortions throughout the system. Most economic activity is controlled by the state. Private sector activity is typically limited to small-scale workshops, farming, and services. Price controls, subsidies, and other rigidities weigh down the economy, undermining the potential for private-sector-led growth. Significant informal market activity flourishes. Corruption and shortages of goods are widespread.

Iran continues to suffer from double-digit unemployment and inflation - inflation climbed to a 28% annual rate in 2008. Underemployment among Iran's educated youth has convinced many to seek jobs overseas, resulting in a significant "brain drain."  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Iran is a source, transit, and destination for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and involuntary servitude. Iranian women are trafficked internally for the purpose of forced prostitution and forced marriages. Iranian and Afghan children living in Iran are trafficked internally for the purpose of forced marriages, commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary servitude as beggars or laborers to pay debts, provide income or support drug addiction of their families.  - U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2009   [full country report]

 

 

CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Iran.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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Political Executions, Child Prostitution, and Forced Marriage at the Age of 9 : Ms Zadeh talks on the lack of human rights in Iran and the urgency to put geopolitics to one side

News & Civil Society Perspectives from the Commission on Human Rights Sixty-first session 14 March - 22 April 2005 -- Contributors: Sebastian Zielinski (CONGO), April 11, 2005

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 6 September 2011]

Child prostitution has risen 635 percent in recent years. Dozens of Iranian girls are brought to Karachi, Pakistan, to be sold as sex slaves every day. Reports in Tehran newspapers indicate that senior government figures have been involved in human trafficking. There are at least 300,000 runaway girls in Iran.

By law, the father has the right to force a girl into marriage at the age of nine. A man can have up to four wives and forty "temporary marriages". Prostitution is thus codified in the Iranian law. Mentioning only a small part of the atrocities carried out by the Iranian regime, it is not hard to understand that Iran currently has the highest suicide rate in the world.

 

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Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61688.htm

[accessed 13 February 2011]

TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS – According to foreign observers, women and girls are trafficked to Pakistan, Turkey, and Europe for sexual exploitation. Boys from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were trafficked through the country to the Gulf states. Afghan women and girls were trafficked to the country for sexual exploitation and forced marriages. Internal trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor also occurs. It was difficult to measure the extent of the government's efforts to curb human trafficking. It appears that the government did not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, but it has made significant efforts to do so. In 2004 the government conducted a study on trafficking of women, passed a law against human trafficking, and signed separate Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Afghanistan, Turkey, IOM, and the International Labor Organization (ILO). According to Pakistani press reports in December, Iran, Pakistan, Greece, and Turkey formed a joint working group to fight human trafficking. On September 22, domestic media reported that the Tehran police chief stated eight human trafficking networks smuggling mostly Bangladeshis, Afghans, and Pakistanis had been broken up and members arrested. During 2004 border police arrested more than 250 Pakistanis smuggled into the country, some of whom likely were trafficking victims.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 28 January 2005

sim.law.uu.nl/SIM/CaseLaw/uncom.nsf/0/e7b8824bdd987268c1256fa8004a8753?OpenDocument

[accessed 13 February 2011]

[70] The Committee is concerned about reports of trafficking and sale of persons under 18 years of age, particularly young girls from rural areas, facilitated by "temporary marriages" or "siqeh" - marriages which last from 1 hour to 99 years. It is also concerned at reports of the trafficking of such persons from Afghanistan to Iran, who are apparently sold or sent by their families in Afghanistan for exploitation, including cheap labor.

Human trafficking victims return from Iran

M.H. Khan, Dawn the Internet Edition, Hyderabad, March 09, 2008

archives.dawn.com/2008/03/09/top15.htm

[accessed 13 February 2011]

Twenty-three victims of human trafficking, including women and children, arrived at the FIA’s office here on Saturday after serving for a year as unpaid labourers on the agricultural land in Iran’s Zarabad area.  “I am now a free man and it’s my country. I did a blunder by falling prey to greed,” Hashim, a resident of Hala, said with tears in his eyes.  The villagers, Hashim, Hajan, Gul Hassan, Daim, Ahmed, Anwar, Asghar, Achar, Laung, Punhoo, Haji, Achar (adults), Dilbar, Deedar, Zakir, Sabir, Sher Bano (children) and Gul Pani, wife of Daim; Solini, Zulekha, Moomal, Amir Bano and Zamir Bano, had been kept as slaves by an Iranian landlord.

Clerical courts set free women traffickers

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, 28 December 2005

ncr-iran.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=783:iran-clerical-courts-set-free-women-traffickers&catid=163:women&Itemid=140

[accessed 13 February 2011]

The state-run daily Iran reported that a man involved in human trafficking of young Iranian girls, each sold in Arab countries for over 50 million rials (US$4,600), received a prison term of three to five months. An appeals court, however, overturned the ruling and released the smuggler and ordered him to pay a fine of just US$275.

Most runaway girls in Iran raped within first 24 hours

Iran Focus, London, 12 July 2005

www.iranfocus.com/en/?option=com_content&task=view&id=2827

[accessed 13 February 2011]

In April, a number of government officials and security officers were arrested during raids on at least five houses used as brothels in and around the town of Neka, northern Iran.  Many runaway girls, some as young as 13, were being forced into prostitution by organized child prostitution rings. A number of officers from Iran’s notorious State Security Forces (SSF), commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, and heads of a number of local government departments and institutions were among those rounded up in the raids.

The Plight of Iranian Women and Children Under Islamic Rule [DOC]

Prof. Donna M. Hughes, Congressional Breakfast Conference, June 8, 2005

www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/plight.doc

[accessed 13 February 2011]

THE IDEOLOGY AND STATE OF ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM - The clerics’ version of sharia law imposes a crushing system of gender apartheid on Iranians based on the premise that women are physically, psychologically, intellectually, and morally inferior to men.  The clerics made laws on how to control, punish, torture, and kill women and girls. Misogyny and violence against women were institutionalized.

Political Executions, Child Prostitution, and Forced Marriage at the Age of 9 : Ms Zadeh talks on the lack of human rights in Iran and the urgency to put geopolitics to one side

News & Civil Society Perspectives from the Commission on Human Rights Sixty-first session 14 March - 22 April 2005 -- Contributors: Sebastian Zielinski (CONGO), April 11, 2005

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 6 September 2011]

Child prostitution has risen 635 percent in recent years. Dozens of Iranian girls are brought to Karachi, Pakistan, to be sold as sex slaves every day. Reports in Tehran newspapers indicate that senior government figures have been involved in human trafficking. There are at least 300,000 runaway girls in Iran.

By law, the father has the right to force a girl into marriage at the age of nine. A man can have up to four wives and forty "temporary marriages". Prostitution is thus codified in the Iranian law. Mentioning only a small part of the atrocities carried out by the Iranian regime, it is not hard to understand that Iran currently has the highest suicide rate in the world.

Save the Women, Save Ourselves - Terror, inside and out

Michael Ledeen, National Review NRO contributing editor, April 04, 2005

old.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200504040752.asp

[accessed 13 February 2011]

According to Dr. Azam, she had a skull fracture, two broken fingers, missing fingernails, a crushed big toe, a smashed nose, deep scratches on her neck, and evidence of flogging on her legs and back.  "I could see this was caused by torture," Azam told Canadian journalists. He added that the nurse who examined Kazemi's genitals told him of "brutal damage."  He believes she was tortured and raped.  If he is correct, we can add Zara Kazemi to a long list of women who have been brutalized.

Child Prostitution Ring Run By Revolutionary Guards Officers Uncovered In Iran

Iran Focus, Neka, 11 April 2005

www.iranfocus.com/en/?option=com_content&task=view&id=1840

[accessed 13 February 2011]

A number of government officials and security officers were arrested during raids on at least five houses used as brothels in and around the town of Neka (northern Iran).  The raids, conducted during the past two weeks, uncovered several organized child prostitution rings running the brothels.  Many runaway girls, some as young as 13, were being forced into prostitution by these gangs.

Girls In Iran Being Sold In Pakistan On Daily Basis

Iran Focus, Tehran, 02 March 2005

www.iranfocus.com/en/?option=com_content&task=view&id=1616

[accessed 13 February 2011]

At least 54 Iranian girls and young women, between the ages of 16 and 25, are sold on the streets of Karachi in Pakistan on a daily basis, according to report outlining the latest statistics.  The report also revealed that there are at present at least 300,000 runaway girls in Iran, adding that the estimated number of women under the absolute poverty line was more than eight million.

Woman Facing Death For Prostitution ‘Not Mentally Disabled’

Irish Examiner, December 23, 2004

archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2004/12/23/story354882847.asp

[accessed 13 February 2011]

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

Amnesty had said the woman’s mother forced her into prostitution when she was eight. It said the girl was raped repeatedly and gave birth to a baby when she was nine.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 6   Civil Liberties: 6   Status: Not Free

2009 Edition

www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2009/iran

[accessed 26 June 2012]

Human Rights Overview by Human Rights Watch – Defending Human Rights Worldwide

www.hrw.org/middle-eastn-africa/iran

[accessed 13 February 2011]

U.S. Library of Congress - Country Study

Library of Congress Call Number DS254.5 .I742 1989

lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/irtoc.html

[accessed 13 February 2011]

Slavery of Children and women in Persian gulf countries

Morteza Aminmansour, Persian Journal, Jun 20, 2004

www.iranian.ws/cgi-bin/iran_news/exec/view.cgi/2/2675

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

The Islamic fundamentalists in Iran have for example expended tremendous amounts of time and efforts controlling, harassing, and punishing women and girls in the name of Islam. In Tehran, there are an estimated 84,000 women and girls in prostitution, many of them are on the Streets, others are in the 250 brothels that reportedly operate in the City. The trade is also international. Thousands of Iranian women and girls have been sold into sexual slavery abroad. The Sex Slave Trade is one of the most Profitable activities in Iran today. Iranian governments officials are involved in buying, selling and sexually abusing women and girls. One factor contributing to the increase in prostitution and the sex slave trade is the number of female teens who are running away from home. In Tehran alone there are an estimated 25,000 Street Children, most of them girls. Many of the girls come from impoverished Rural areas. Some addicted parents sell their Children to support their habits...A number of prostitution and slavery rings operating from Tehran that has sold girls and women to Britain, France, and Germany.

E-ZAN  Voice of Women against Fundamentalism in Iran

E-ZAN, VOLUME 6, November 15, 2004

www.wfafi.org/E-ZanVol6.htm

[accessed 13 February 2011]

TO OUR READERS - The Iranian regime displays a different kind of brutality towards women. Women’s Forum Against Fundamentalism was the first organization in the United States who exposed the Iranian regime’s plan to stone a teenage girl in the city of Marvian.  In less than two months, there has been pubic hanging of a 16-year-old girl, execution order of a 33-year-old mother and stoning sentence for a 14-year-old girl. Misogyny is the pillar of fundamentalist rule in Iran. Crimes against women are justified because mullahs view women as embodiment of sin and seduction. It is for this reason the fundamentalist regime in Tehran has found sex trafficking a profitable business.

Sex Slave Jihad [PDF]

Prof. Donna M. Hughes, FrontPageMagazine.com, January 27, 2004

www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/sex_slave_trade_iran.pdf

[accessed 13 February 2011]

The head of Iran’s Interpol bureau believes that the sex slave trade is one of the most profitable activities in Iran today. This criminal trade is not conducted outside the knowledge and participation of the ruling fundamentalists. Government officials themselves are involved in buying, selling, and sexually abusing women and girls.

The price of Iranian girls after entering the Persian Gulf trafficking market May 2005

SINA News Agency, 6 July 2004

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 6 September 2011]

The Colonel adds: ?The girls who run away from home have no idea what the future holds for them. We have 200 missing girls in Tehran, as we speak and we only know of the fate of a few. There are many rings lurking for these young women and girls. They use these run-a-way girls for stealing, trafficking and for illicit drugs and sex. Most of all they use these victims for their organs.? Every once in a while bodies of unknown girls are found here and there in large cities, particularly in Tehran. Some of these bodies are identified; however most of them are buried without being identified because no one comes to claim their body.

The dealers of human organs are also trafficking girls by promising them a better life and transporting them across borders. Once taken to another country, the traffickers sell the girls? body parts for enormous amounts of money.

Iran's Sex Slaves Suffer Hideously Under Mullahs

Prof. Donna M. Hughes, Insight on the News – Insight Magazine, 28 May 2004

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 6 September 2011]

A measure of Islamic fundamentalists' success in controlling society is the depth and totality with which they suppress the freedom and rights of women. In Iran for 25 years, the ruling mullahs have enforced humiliating and sadistic rules and punishments on women and girls, enslaving them in a gender apartheid system of segregation, forced veiling, second-class status, lashing and stoning to death.

Iran: Fear of imminent execution/fear of flogging, Leyla M

Amnesty International, Index Number: MDE 13/048/2004, Date Published: 10 December 2004

www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE13/048/2004

[accessed 13 February 2011]

"Leyla M", who has a mental age of eight, is reportedly facing imminent execution for "morality-related" offences arising from her being forced into prostitution as a child.

Human trafficking from Iran to Gulf Shiekhdoms [PDF]

Shargh daily, May 26, 2004

www.referendum-iran.org/Docs/CSRI/CSRI-Bulletin-107-June-4.pdf

[accessed 13 February 2011]

A group of Iranian boys and girls will be sold in an auction today in Fojeyreh, United Arab Emirates. At a round table discussion on human trafficking held yesterday (at the office of) the Young Iranian Society news agency, it was announced that the preparations for this auction were made two weeks before by hunters of Iranian women and girls in the course of an international exhibition…  The human hunters were able to choose 54 Iranian girls out of the 286 that were put on show in an Arab country's booth. They were then sent to a Persian Gulf country on May 17 to get ready for the Fojeyreh auction on May 26.

Human Trafficking and Forced Prostitution

Katherine Toliao, IranDokht

www.irandokht.com/editorial/index4.php?area=pro&sectionID=12&editorialID=761

[accessed 13 February 2011]

This abhorrent form of exploitation does not confine itself to adult women, but extends to children as well. The head of the Tehran province judiciary asserts that traffickers looking to sell women in the international market target girls between 13 and 17, although some of the girls are reported to be as young as 8 and 10. The younger girls are often forced to work as maids until slave traders deem them old enough to work out of clubs, motels, or brothels.

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