Broadsheet: Women, politics, culture.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
…Iraqi refugees in Syria have roughly doubled to an estimated 1.2 million (this according to the United Nations Refugee Agency, but the Syrian government estimates far more) and the desperation has only grown.
With all Iraqi refugees banned from employment, the burgeoning sex trade has become one of the few sources of income for refugee families. According to a piece in the Independent in late June, one women’s group estimates the number of Iraqi prostitutes to be around 50,000.