Iran Permits Brothels Through Temporary Marriages
Iranian authorities have allocated funds for prostitution houses under the guise of temporary marriage, Al-Osboa has reported. According to the report, the government of Iran has granted one-day, temporary marriages in certain neighborhoods to “eliminate the problem of rape and sexual repression suffered by the Iranian youth.”
Under the terms of the license, it would be legal for any Iranian or foreigner frequenting a designated house to have sex with a girl if she agrees to temporarily marry him. In Iran, sex outside of marriage is a crime, in some cases punishable with up to one hundred lashes, or in the case of adultery, the death sentence. When a temporary marriage is instituted in Shia Islam, a man and woman contract a mut’a for a limited period of time and for a specific amount of money that the man must pay to the woman.
According to the official announcement in the cities of Qom and Mashad, the price per night is between twenty and fifty dollars, depending on whether the girl is a virgin or not in addition to her beauty. Critics, however, have said that this is just an excuse to bypass restrictions on prostitution. According to the Kuwait Times, the “homes have become a breeding to the whims and desires of some officials and Shiite clerics.”