Crackdown on Iranian vice ring

TEHERAN: An Iranian court has sentenced 90 members of a vast prostitution ring controlling 24 brothels to a total of 4,710 lashes and jail terms, the Entekhab newspaper reported yesterday. 

The paper said the ring was exposed four months ago following the arrest of a 21-year-old woman in Yaftabad, a south-western district of the capital. 

Another prostitute working for the network, identified only by her first name of Ronak, was quoted as saying that in four years of work she had “earned enough to buy a Peugeot 206”, a car that in Iran costs a small fortune of over 100 million rials (RM47,500). 

Aside from lashes, the paper said some of the gang members were also jailed up to four years. 

According to official figures, some 30,000 prostitutes are believed to be working in the country. – AFP  

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