Prostitution in Iraq

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Prostitution in Iraq is illegal. [1] The Iraqi penal code outlaws prostitution, with the pimp, the prostitute and the client all being liable for criminal penalties.

Iraq war[edit]

Many women fleeing the war in Iraq have been forced into prostitution. Some sources claim up to 50 thousand Iraqi refugee women in Syria, many of them widows or orphans, have been forced into prostitution.[2] Sources claim the women are exploited by Gulf Arabs.[3] After the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, private contracting companies brought in prostitutes from other parts of the world to Iraq. [No text in source][4]

In some cases, Iraqi teenage boys and young men are the prostitutes. In these cases the prostitutes are typically motivated by poverty and are mostly heterosexual.


  1. ^ 2008 Human Rights Report. Retrieved on 2011-06-04.
  2. ^ '50,000 Iraqi refugees' forced into prostitution. (2007-06-24). Retrieved on 2011-06-04.
  3. ^ Iraqi refugees forced into prostitution. Retrieved on 2011-06-04.
  4. ^ Private company advertises employment of "escort girls" in Iraq. Retrieved on 2011-06-04.

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