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]

Iraqi Kurdistan[edit]

The Iraqi Kurdistan region has reportedly received "women and children trafficked from the rest of Iraq for prostitution".[5] Criminal gangs have prostituted girls from outside of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the provinces of Erbil, Dahuk, and Sulaymaniyah.[6] NGOs have alleged that some personnel from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Asayish internal security forces have facilitated prostitution in Syrian refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.[7] Iraqi women were sold into “temporary marriages” and Syrian girls from refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan were forced into early or “temporary marriages”, and it was alleged that KRG authorities ignored such cases.[7][8]

Other types of prostitution[edit]

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.
  5. ^ What Kind of Liberation?: Women and the Occupation of Iraq, Nadje Al-Ali,Nicola Pratt, p. 108ff
  6. ^ "Iraq". 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Iraq". 2015-07-27. Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Report exposes rampant sexual violence in refugee cam". Retrieved 2016-04-18. 

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