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Iraq’s Sex Trade Thrives

Given the lax security situation since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, the country’s sex trade has proliferated.
Iraqi men walk past posters advertising a pornographic film at a cinema
in Baghdad, April 30, 2003. Pornography and prostitution was officially
banned under the regime of Saddam Hussein until his ousting from power
by U.S.-led forces two weeks ago.

REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra - RTRMOD7

Security reports and field observations show that the sex trade is thriving in Baghdad and in Iraq’s other cities, through "agents," essentially pimps, who run brothels discreetly at times and openly at others.

The Culture Committee in the Iraqi parliament recognized the increased number of recreation clubs that are opening, taking advantage of their members' status as media personalities and artists.

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