Monday, June 16, 2008

Sex trade thrives in Afghanistan

She does not know what a condom is.
She has not heard of AIDS.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The girl was 11 when she was molested by a man with no legs. The man paid her $5. And that was how she started selling sex.

Afghanistan is one of the world's most conservative countries, yet its sex trade appears to be thriving. Sex is sold most obviously at brothels full of women from China who serve both Afghans and foreigners. Far more controversial are Afghan prostitutes, who stay underground in a society that pretends they don't exist.

Customs meant to keep women "pure" have not stopped prostitution. Girls are expected to remain virgins until their wedding nights, so some prostitutes have only anal sex.

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