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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    An Iranian official has called for the sterilization of female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran to prevent "social harm."

    Siavash Shahrivar, head of the Social and Cultural Affairs Department in the Tehran Governorate, said those women should be "convinced" to undergo sterilization.

    "There is a reality, a view, agreed on by many NGOs and the social elite, that if a women is sick, and is also a sex worker and has no place to stay, she should be sterilized with her own approval, and not forcefully," Shahrivar was quoted as saying on January 1 by Iranian media.

    "Over 20 percent of them have AIDS and [they] spread various diseases," Shahrivar told the semiofficial ILNA news agency.

    "In addition to...spreading depravity, they reproduce like hatching machines and as their children have no guardians, they sell them," he added.

    Iranian media estimate that there are more than 3,000 homeless women in in the capital.

    Radio Free Europe/Jan. 1, 2017
    Photo: MEHR
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Name goes here
    I agree. We should sterilize Iran's leaders. Wait...maybe I read that wrong.

    Punish the guys who are going to see these "filthy, diseased ridden creatures" for unspeakable acts. Oh wait, those are the guys writing the laws. Can't do that. It might cost money to help and not harm these women (because sterilization is free, right?)

    Help these women who have been forced into this life. Social help for those who need it. Nope, that won't work. That solves the problem without making anyone look bad.

    It's pathetic in today's information age such barbarism still exists. When you look at homeless, prostitution and drug use as a social issue rather then criminal, there's ways to fix problems rather then attempt/fail at legislating them away. But what do I know. I'm just a drug user.
  2. perro-salchicha614
    They could, alternatively, provide women with condoms, which would prevent the spread of diseases and prevent pregnancy at the same time.

    But, of course, that would involve religious zealots treating women like human beings and not livestock.

    Fat chance of that happening...
  3. aemetha
    This is a wonderful suggestion for preventing the spread of HIV. Convincing women to be sterilised will prevent them from having babies they didn't want to have, as a consequence of having sex they didn't want to have, which will of course mean they don't transmit HIV to people because they won't want to have the sex they didn't want to have to... oh... wait... there seems to be a flaw in this logic somewhere, I can't quite put my finger on it though.
  4. Beenthere2Hippie
    True, but the fact remains that men (especially less educated ones) traditionally hate wearing or using condoms and will pay sex-workers extra not to use them. There's a black market on everything, it seems.

  5. aemetha
    It's also true that there are a number of men who can't use condoms for a range of reasons. Female condoms could be an option however, and less extreme methods of pregnancy prevention than sterilisation exist, such as IUD's and contraceptive pills.

    I think this really is influenced by "moral" judgements. They could care less about the fact these women have HIV, what they are worried about is children being born with HIV and raised with "loose morals" to become a new generation of drug addicts and prostitutes.
  6. Beenthere2Hippie
    I fully agree, ame. Good points.
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