Iran is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor.
It also created, alongside the army and the police force, a parallel series of paramilitary forces.
As soon as the regime attained some degree of authority, it established a new juridical discourse on sexuality, whose underlying theme was granting more power over women's sexuality and reproductive functions to the state and to men, while also reversing modern trends in love and marriage.
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The second man suspended from the news channel is Payam Afshar, Shirani’s studio manager.
Shirani described how Afshar encouraged other colleagues at work to report her as a single mother, a status that bears a social stigma in Iran.
She also posted a recording of a conversation in which Emadi, the channel’s news editor, is heard asking her for phone sex.
As the conversation ends he’s heard asking her to perform a sexual act on him.
Traffickers reportedly subject Afghan migrants to forced labor in Iran, and reportedly force Afghan boys and young men under 18-years-old to work in construction and agricultural sectors.
Pakistani men and women migrate voluntarily to Iran for low-skilled employment, such as domestic work and construction, and some are reportedly subjected to forced labor, including debt bondage, and experience restriction of movement, nonpayment of wages, and physical or sexual abuse.
While the world was watching the election battle in Iran, unspeakable things were happening behind many doors in towns and cities across the country.