UNVEIL THE FACTS
Since 2009, Iran was listed as 1 of 12 countries in the world with the poorest record of human trafficking.
In Tehran, there are an estimated 84,000 women and girls in prostitution, and an estimated 250 brothels that reportedly operate in the city.
As a result, child prostitution has risen 635%;
Dozens of Iranian girls flee their country and are brought to Arab countries, promised freedom,
But upon arriving they are in deeper slavery then when they left.
According to government officials, most of these girls are raped within 24 hours of their departure and used in the sex slavery trade. Other girls are sold into prostitution under the guise of a short-term marriage known as Sigheh.
ACT NOW ON THEIR BEHALF, TWEET THE UN.
WHAT IS SIGHEH?
Sigheh [a renewable contract of marriage for a defined duration] is essentially a license to temporarily be married to woman for set duration of time determined by the man who desires to marry said woman. Most Iranian’s consider it legalized prostitution under Shari’a Law, these marriages can last anywhere from one hour to several years, depending on a fixed contract.
One tragic consequence of prostitution in Iran has been a spike of HIV/AIDS infection in recent years. HIV awareness education is minimal there compared to in the West, and many who become infected are afraid to seek help. The Iranian government has vastly under treated and under-reported cases, considering the disease a taboo that points towards sex outside of marriage.
“Give a (wo)man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Outside of our television broadcast, FCLT Conferences, our growing underground life giving house churches in Iran are reaching out to those who are trapped into prostitution and sex trafficking, ministering healing and restoring them to a state of health as they are invited to join our growing family. They are discovering their identity and receiving acceptance through our house churches.