Death by fashion in Iran

Women in Iran are providing sex in exchange for discounts on fashionable clothing, as reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation:

The “increasingly common” practice in Tehran, Iran, between commercial sex workers and shopkeepers of trading sex for no-cost or discounted fashion clothing is undermining efforts to fight the spread of HIV in the country, according to health education workers, London’s Guardian reports. One business owner in north Tehran’s “affluent” Tajrish district said that about 50% of shopkeepers in the mall had accepted sex in exchange for clothes, the Guardian reports. Another worker in the same mall, who admitted to accepting sex for clothes, said that the sex workers provide their phone numbers and services in exchange for an increased discount on clothing.

Perhaps these newly fashionable ladies will do everyone a favor by paying a visit to Iran’s nuclear scientists and engineers.

January 4, 2007

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