50, mirapex000 Iraqi young women and children forced into prostitution   Women and girls, mirapex many alarmingly young, mirapex who fled the chaos at home are being further betrayed after reaching 'safety' in Syria By Nihal Hassan in Damascus Sunday, mirapex 24 June 2007   It's Monday night in a dingy club on the outskirts of the Syrian capital. Mirapex Two dozen girls are moving half-heartedly on the dance floor, mirapex lit up by flashing disco lights. Mirapex They are dessed in tight jeans, mirapex low-cut tops and knee-high boots, mirapex but the girls' make-up can't disguise the fact that most are in their mid-teens. Mirapex It's a strange sight in a conservative Muslim country, mirapex but this is the sex business, mirapex and it's booming as a result of the war in Iraq. Backstage, mirapex the manager sits in his leather chair, mirapex doing business. Mirapex A Saudi client is quoted $500 for one of the girls. Mirapex Eventually he beats it down to $300. Mirapex (cut to) "But these girls are not just providing the floor show - they have paid to be here, mirapex and they need to pick up a client, mirapex or they'll lose money. Mirapex If successful, mirapex they'll earn about $60, mirapex equivalent to a month's wages in a factory. There are more than a million Iraqi refugees in Syria, mirapex many are women whose husbands or fathers have been killed. Mirapex Banned from working legally, mirapex they have few options outside the sex trade. Mirapex No one knows how many end up as prostitutes, mirapex but Hana Ibrahim, mirapex founder of the Iraqi women's group Women's Will, mirapex puts the figure at 50, mirapex000. I met Fatima in a block of flats operating informally as a brothel in Saida Zainab, mirapex a run-down area with a large Iraqi population. Mirapex Millions of Shias go there every year, mirapex because of the shrine of the prophet Mohamed's granddaughter. Mirapex "I came to Syria after my husband was killed, mirapex leaving me with two children, mirapex" Fatima tells me. Mirapex "My aunt asked me to join her here, mirapex and my brothers pressured me to go." She didn't realise the work her aunt did, mirapex and she would be forced to take up, mirapex until she arrived. Fatima is in her mid-20s, mirapex but campaigners say the number of Iraqi children working as prostitutes is high. Mirapex Bassam al-Kadi of Syrian Women Observatory says: "Some have been sexually abused in Iraq, mirapex but others are being prostituted by fathers and uncles who bring them here under the pretext of protecting them. Mirapex They are virgins, mirapex and they are brought here like an investment and exploited in a very ugly way." Further viewing: Nihal Hassan and Nima Elbagir's report will appear on 'More4 News' at 8pm tomorrow  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/50000-iraqi-refugees-forced-into-prostitution-454424.html?service=Print adding important points from sparkle's website: "I would like to add that these women and girls are not purely “victims of war” but also, mirapex and more accurately “victims of men who exploit war” Driving women and girls into prostitution violates numerous human rights agreements, mirapex including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, mirapex the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, mirapex and the Protocol to Prevent, mirapex Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, mirapex especially Women and Children. Mirapex " "Of course, mirapex we are very well aware of how historically war generates prostitution, mirapex abuse and exploitation of women and children under many guises. Mirapex Whether it be organised brothels in “R&R” , mirapexor a systematic ‘ethnic cleanse’ combined with the intended and complete degradation of specific cultures as we have seen in Kosovo and the DR Congo (to name but a few) or now, mirapex the 20th century opportunist “sex tourist”- every ready to exploit with their dripping privilege and total disregard for human suffering. Mirapex It just never ends. Especially if it is female suffering - that is. When desperation strikes, mirapex the men with their money will be at hand in an instant, mirapex helping impoverished women to feed themselves and their families - but only if you suck my cock - let me and my mates gang rape you - I don’t give my dollars away for free…you know." http://sparklematrix.wordpress.com/