Iran’s welfare organization offers rehabilitation service for sex workers
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 22
Iran’s welfare organization offers rehabilitation service for woman sex workers, an official with the state-run organization said.
Habibollah Farid, the organization's deputy manager, said that each year some 950 sex worker women are accepted in 24 centers of the Welfare Organization, ILNA news agency reported.
The official said that these women are mostly of extremely low class of the society and suffer poverty and severe problems including drug addiction.
Some 5 percent of the sex workers, who submitted in the welfare organization’s emergency centers were married, he added.
Back in 2015, Minoo Mohraz, head of the Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, cited a report by Iran's health ministry as saying that almost 5percent of Iranian sex workers suffer HIV infection,
The report unveiled that the average age of female sex workers is about 38 years, according to Mahrooz.
Iranian female sex workers are 18-56 years old, Mohraz said, adding 58 percent of women selling themselves are divorced.
She said that only 44 percent of these women use condoms during sexual intercourse, while there are also those which do not, after they get paid extra money.
She further said that at least 500 drug addicted women live in Tehran, who are engaged in prostitution, to get money for drugs.
"Two of every 14 street women in Tehran are infected with HIV," Mohraz said, adding that the rising average marriage age is one of the reasons behind prostitution in Iran.
Available figures show the two provinces of Tehran and Iran's north eastern province of Khorasan Razavi, have the highest number of "street women".
Unconfirmed studies show that the age of entry into prostitution has fallen to 14 in the country in recent years.