Hamid Gharagozloo on Iranian Regime’s Sex Slavery and Human Trafficking Must be Exposed

According to the reports of multiple international organizations, Iran is one of the primary sources and points of exchange – both in terms of import and export – of human trafficking and sex slaves in the world. The following constitutes a brief summary of some of the most appalling statistics regarding the Iranian regime’s engagement in these practices over the past 20 years.

In 2003, the non-profit organization “The Organization for Defending Victims of Violence” reported that approximately 45 Iranian girls between the ages of 16-26 years old are sold each month in Karachi, Pakistan, to wealthy individuals.  In August 2004, a high ranking cleric named Hojatoleslam Mojtaba Keshani, who served on the central council of the hardline Ansar-i Hizbullah political organization at the time, publicly announced that he had ample evidence that high-ranking members of the security apparatus in Iran, with ties to the regime’s ruling class, were the leaders of human trafficking and sex slavery rings responsible for the abduction and sale of young Iranian girls (and some boys as well) to surrounding countries and even Europe. No one has seen or heard from Mr. Keshani since. Another article published 14 years ago by the quarterly human rights publication “The Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peoples” (MRAP), discussed the dire status of the children in Iran at length and described the situation as a “Tragic Nightmare.” This article similarly reported that approximately 50 Iranian girls between the ages of 16-25 years old are sold daily in Karachi, Pakistan, by the agents of high-ranking officials in Iran.

An official statement by the chief of INTERPOL in the fall of 2006 corroborated previous reports that human trafficking and the sex slave trade are lucrative businesses for the clergy in Iran. As an example, the chief of INTERPOL cited that after the devastating earthquake in Bam, Iran, authorities abducted the orphaned girls and auctioned them off to wealthy Iranian and foreign individuals in Tehran. In April 2009, an article published by the “Ham Mihan” news agency exposed details of the regime’s business of selling Iranian girls in India. In a report on December 13, 2010 by the “Al Arabia News,” based on documents published by WikiLeaks, an Iraqi official detailed the regime’s practice of exploiting Iranian women to provide sex for Iraqi and Arab high-ranking officials in order to expand Iran’s influence in the region. In an interview in December 2013, the head of the police for the immigration and passport office in Iran confirmed the fact that Iranian girls are routinely smuggled to the surrounding Arab countries where they are sold as sex slaves, but brushed off the extent and severity of the practice.

More recently in 2017, the U.S. State Department identified Iran as a non-signatory to and non-compliant with the U.N. TIP protocol. The same report by the State Department details the trafficking and sale of young Iranian children aged 13-17, mostly girls, in Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Pakistan, UAE and Europe, where the younger children are used as servants until they are old enough to be sex slaves. This past April 2020, the “Young Reporters” news agency (part of the official media of the regime) reported the arrest of a human trafficking ringleader named Shahrooz Sokhanvary, responsible for selling young Iranian girls in Malaysia. In his confession, he admits his ties to several high-ranking officials of the regime who had protected him from legal pursuit over the years.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Hamid Gharagozloo