- Politics and Social Issues
Prostitutes Under the Taliban Rule
There are so many hypocritical positions under the Taliban rule in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Most of them are under the banner of "Islam" in the extreme. The Taliban is a men's organization who basically hate women in a perverse way and use the veil of religion to legitimize their actions against females. Yet, despite this, prostitutes in Kabul while they were in rule was flourishing to around 6000 female and 4000 male. When the Taliban rulers and others need to have their sexual desires serviced, they simply threatened or beat them into providing a repository for them. If that did not work, they would rob you. Unlike in western countries, where a prostitute is scantily dressed to invoke a man's desire for a price, in Kabul, the women still are a "blue blob" in essence and dressed in the all covering blue burqa. Some of the prostitutes try a novel idea, that is , getting a condom on the man's penis. Some of them understand the STD and AIDs issues within the sex trade, but using a condom is relatively new in this backward country. AIDs in Afghanistan is not common, but hepatitis C is.
Today, prostitutes are the educators and distribute 9000 condoms a month to other sex workers and customers along with an illustrated brochure with instructions. Once every three months, the sex workers are tested for HIV and other STDs by doctors secretly. They are worried that Taliban would slit their throats if they found out. The Taliban play both sides, they want and need sex workers for their own personal relief and when they ruled in Kabul would also execute them in a public ceremony. Sort of like a black widow spider after the male\female mate. Yet, not all prostitutes were killed. Many women in Kabul remain sex workers that started in 2001, when the Taliban ruled. I guess if they were good, the Taliban spared them. Makes sense. Male prostitutes in the city earn $100 a night and have many clients.
Kabul's prostitutes are usually found near or in their beauty parlors and like in other places, is a hidden world. Keep in mind, even without any Taliban rule, this society will kill a woman for such dishonorable acts or just premarital sex between lovers. Adulterers are also stoned and segregation between a man and woman is strictly enforced. If a prostitute is caught by the police, they often get a six month sentence while the client goes free and onto the next one. So, the woman is punished and the man is free.
Welcome to insanity.