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November 2nd, 2009
01:10 PM ET

From War Widow To Prostitute

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Times are tough for lots of Iraqis right now - women and girls, in particular. War widows turning tricks to survive. Mothers pimping their own daughters. Child trafficking.

Today in the Newsroom, we ran a piece by CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom that took a look at Baghdad's sex trade.

If you'd like more information, or want to help the group featured in his report, you can go here.


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  1. John Deegan

    This is an inevitable phenomenon esp in areas of conflict. After WWII in France, Germany; after the fall of the wall in eastern Europe; in Thailand, Viet Nam, China.
    The emphasis should be on improving conditions for women forced into or choosing this line of work rather than focusing on Iraq. Alternatively, men caught contributing should be castrated. Which do you think is more likely?

    November 2, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  2. len dog

    that just the way it is bud.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  3. Greg, Ontario

    As disgusting as this sounds to all of us Iraq is a country with it's own government and rule of law. We need to look at it from their point of view. If the people of Iraq were saying that we shouldn't be doing something we find normal we would tell them to go pound sand. We have absolutely no right to give them orders about changing their culture. No matter how disgusting it is.

    November 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  4. pjeff

    For Greg, who apparently didn't see the report, prostitution is illegal in Iraq just like it is in the US and Canada. It is no more accepted in their culture as it is in ours, so no one is trying to "give them orders about changing their culture."

    This was a report to raise awareness and to try and get these women some help. Hopefully, once their economy stabilizes and women are better-educated, this will be less of a problem. I'm glad to see that there are organizations that are trying to help these women in the meantime.

    November 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  5. John Deegan

    There is no reason to focus on a small group of widows in Iraq when Darfur and refugee camps the world over have worse problems. The piece seemed designed to pluck the heart strings of susceptible persons who can shed tears for Iraq while ignoring the larger worldwide suffering. Iraq's religious and tribal factions have themselves to blame.

    November 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  6. Robert James

    We turned South Vet Nam into a Whore House and it didn't turn into one after we left we created it and supported the action,had to show them what Capitalism could do for them at least American style.We dodn't belong in Iraq they didn't do anything to us there, we created what was there,until he told us what he thought of us, he was just fine , his problem was he could not take care of Iran, of course we were after Osama Bin Laden this time, just a little side tracked, we let him escape to Pakistan from Afghhanistan, but we have a Dictator friend like the one we had in Iraq, we just have to give him a few billion more dollars, but of course the people who attacked us were from Saudi Arabia,but this is another Dictatiorship and their friend's of our's, and you thought the United States believed in Democracy let's open our eyes people, It's only good if it pay's and were losing the Republic we had.

    November 4, 2009 at 4:32 am |
  7. pink770

    All wars have sex trafficking. Occupating troops change the gene pool of nations. That is a booty (get it ) of being a soldier. Only our US Army gets in trouble for doing what armies have done through the ages to widows and daughters.

    November 4, 2009 at 10:49 am |