Prostitution in Afghanistan is illegal, with punishments ranging from 5 to 15 years imprisonment. Poverty has been identified has driving force behind increase in prostitution in Afghanistan. Under the former Taliban regime, prostitution existed clandestinely in Kabul, despite being outlawed due to the government following a very strict interpretation of the Islamic Sharia law. Melissa Ditmore reported in Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work that during their rule the traffic in women for prostitution had thrived.
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W hen Zainab met her first client almost two years ago, she was drunk, drugged-up, and had passed out by the time he started raping her. Terrified, she reluctantly agreed. The man was gone when the then year-old woke up; her body in pain, her thoughts filled with regret. In Afghanistan, sex work is illegal. But as war — and the widespread poverty that comes with it — lingers, the number of women and men who see the trade as their last option has been steadily rising. Although the penal code does not specify the punishment for sex work, they risk a prison sentence if they get caught.
CHAPTER 9. Selling Sex in Afghanistan: Portraits of Sex Workers in Kabul
KABUL—Prostitutes in Afghanistan's capital, working in a society where adulterers can be stoned to death and the sexes are strictly segregated, have organized into a clandestine self-help network to halt the spread of disease, avoid detection by the state and flag abusive customers. Freshta, a prostitute, has been visiting Kabul's beauty parlors—many of them fronts for the flesh trade—to teach colleagues about condom use and encourage them to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The Wall Street Journal was given rare access to how this network operates on condition that surnames of the participants not be revealed.
What happens to the country and its people after the forever war ends? BAMIYAN, Afghanistan—When Taliban gunmen stormed into a remote Afghan district this month, they terrorized residents and looted local businesses, and then they did something even more troubling: The group demanded the names and ages of girls and women they said would be rounded up and married off to their young fighters. According to people in Saighan district, in the central highlands of Bamiyan province, the insurgents beat some men who tried to resist and forced some residents to show them closets of clothing to determine the ages of the girls and women who lived there.