Incredible: US State Department accuses Iran officials of being ‘involved in sex trafficking of women and girls’

Source: State.gov

The US State Department released the new ‘trafficking in person report’. Speaking about Iran, the reports says: “Iran is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor…In 2013, traffickers forced Iranian women and girls into prostitution in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. From 2009-2015, there was a reported increase in the transport of girls from and through Iran en route to the Gulf where organized groups sexually exploited or forced them into marriages. In Tehran, Tabriz, and Astara, the number of teenage girls in prostitution continues to increase…Organized groups subject some to forced labor, under which they experience debt bondage, restriction of movement, nonpayment of wages, and physical or sexual abuse. In previous years, there were reports government officials were involved in the sex trafficking of women and girls. Reports also indicated some officials operating shelters for runaway girls forced them into prostitution rings…The Government of Iran does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so…The government also did not report investigations, prosecutions, or convictions of government officials complicit in trafficking offenses, despite reports that such complicity was widespread...

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