Living in shadows: Iraqi Refugees: Iraq_RefugeeT-01

Iraqi girls, in their teens and early 20s dance in circle on stage for companionship and sex at a club in northwest Damascus in December 2007. An increasing number of young Iraqi women and girls who fled Iraq during the turmoil are turning to prostitution in Syria. The emergence of Iraqi prostitution in Syria, especially among young girls, reflects the dire conditions of the local Iraqi refugee community. The customers are mixed with Iraqi or Syrian men and also from Persian Gulf states and Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi girls, in their teens and early 20s dance in circle on stage for companionship and sex at a club in northwest Damascus in December 2007. An increasing number of young Iraqi women and girls who fled Iraq during the turmoil are turning to prostitution in Syria. The emergence of Iraqi prostitution in Syria, especially among young girls, reflects the dire conditions of the local Iraqi refugee community. The customers are mixed with Iraqi or Syrian men and also from Persian Gulf states and Saudi Arabia.