Prostitution Rates in Afghanistan

A 25 year old woman was interviewed by the New York Times about her experience working as a prostitute in Afghanistan. The woman stated that she learned the business from her friends and decided to work as a prostitute in order to survive. She started working as a prostitute after her husband lost his job and with a family of 5 to feed, and woman not having many employment opportunities available, she turned to prostitution without her husbands knowledge.

The women charge between $30 to $60 for their services and cater to middle-class men in the country. They do not accept strangers as customers. The customer calls a contact number, who then arranges the act to take place either at the customer’s home or the woman’s home.

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Source:  Azam Ahmed, “An Afghan City’s Economic Success Extends to Its Sex Trade,” New York Times, April 17, 2013.

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