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Prostitution flourishing in Istanbul

HDN | 4/14/2000 12:00:00 AM |

HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are rife among Turkish and foreign prostitutes in Istanbul Ankara - Turkish Daily News The Istanbul police reportedly detained 13,600 women and men within the Istanbul city limits on charges of prostitution and pimping last year, according to the Anatolia news agency. Some 26 Eastern European and Russian prostitutes were determined to be HIV positive, and a further 2,758 women were carrying various sexually transmitted diseases, said a statement issued by the

  • HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are rife among Turkish and foreign prostitutes in Istanbul
  • Ankara - Turkish Daily News

    The Istanbul police reportedly detained 13,600 women and men within the Istanbul city limits on charges of prostitution and pimping last year, according to the Anatolia news agency. Some 26 Eastern European and Russian prostitutes were determined to be HIV positive, and a further 2,758 women were carrying various sexually transmitted diseases, said a statement issued by the Security Directorate's Vice Bureau. A major cause for the rise in AIDS cases in Turkey is claimed to be Turkish men catching the disease from HIV-infected prostitutes and then passing it onto their wives.

    Police records show that many of the prostitutes ply their trade willingly in Turkey, whereas others are duped into prostitution with promises of work. Records also show these women working in bars and night clubs especially in Aksaray, Laleli, Eminonu, Etiler, Kadikoy, Sirinevler, Yenibosna, Bakirkoy, Atakoy and Beyoglu and have recently begun working in tourist areas such as Kumburgaz, Silivri and Polonezkoy.

    Some 11,296 men and women who had been working in prostitution were deported. It has also been reported that these women often make alterations to their visas and passports and come back into the country by taking advantage of lax passport checks at the borders.

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