AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Sunday, September 15, 2002
Police nab 14 in brothel raids
TEHRAN Iranian police have arrested 14 people in separate raids on two brothels in the capital Tehran and the central city of Isfahan, press reports said Sunday.
After a police surveillance operation in the Iranian capital, the Entekhab paper said four women and three men including a husband-and-wife pimp team were detained.
The report said the male operator of the establishment, a 38-year-old taxi driver named Mahmud, was handed an eight year jail term after it emerged he had cruised the streets of the capital "promising a better life" for young runaway girls.
The report did not say whether his wife, identified as Jamileh, had been sentenced, but quoted her as saying she embarked on a career as a pimp because of financial problems.
"Nobody noticed us since we were a married couple," she was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile police arrested five men and two women and seized an undisclosed quantity of narcotics in a raid on a "corruption house" in the central city of Isfahan, the Jam-e-Jam newspaper reported.
The report gave no further details.
Iran's mounting economic woes have led to an explosion of street prostitution in recent years, despite the threat of harsh punishments.
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