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Despite denial and punishment, sex trade thrives in Afghanistan

June 15, 2008 | International Herald Tribune new window By Alisa Tang

The girl was 11 when she was molested by a man with no legs.

The man paid her US$5. And that was how she started selling sex.

Afghanistan is one of the world's most conservative countries, yet its sex trade appears to be thriving. Sex is sold most obviously at brothels full of women from China who serve both Afghans and foreigners. Far more controversial are Afghan prostitutes, who stay underground in a society that pretends they don't exist.

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