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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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Selling Sex in Afghanistan

Selling Sex in Afghanistan

Portraits of Sex Workers in Kabul

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(p.154) Chapter 9 Selling Sex in Afghanistan
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Land of the Unconquerable
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Alisa Tang

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520261853.003.0010

This chapter portrays women and girls forced by poverty into sex work in Kabul, and notes that even whole families can be involved. The cases of Aisha and Samira are specifically described. Aisha was forced into sex work in one of the world's poorest and most conservative countries, where the penalty can be death. She met Uncle Lang, who took Aisha and other girls to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to beg and sell sex. Her parents had been encouraging her to work with Uncle Lang. Meanwhile, Samira has been homeless since she ran away from home when she was fifteen, and had forty-five clients. The trajectories of the lives of sex workers are inextricably connected to the decades of violence, diaspora, and severe poverty.

Keywords:   sex work, Kabul, poverty, Aisha, Samira, Uncle Lang, violence, diaspora

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