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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-25-08 12:49 AM
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28. There are prostitutes in the Muslim culture.
Edited on Fri Jul-25-08 12:54 AM by onager
Or at least, there sure are in Muslim countries. I've lived in two of them: Saudi Arabia for 2 years, and I'm currently on my third year of living/working in Egypt.

These places don't have the rip-roaring red-light districts or sex clubs I in Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, etc. But hookers are certainly available and everybody knows it.

The prostitutes I saw in Saudi Arabia seemed to be mainly women fleeing from the wars in Eritrea/Ethiopia/Sudan (right across the Red Sea. I lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the big West Coast seaport). It was horribly sad to see them, and usually their kids along with them.

Here in Alexandria, Egypt, I have been approached downtown by young hookers very modestly dressed in the long, neck-to-ankle gellibyah, and wearing the hijab--headscarf.

Whenever my Egyptian driver sees a woman wearing Western-style clothes, he will smirk and announce that she is "doing some business." Meaning, she's a prostitute. The women he's smirking about are often, quite obviously, just tourists or stylishly dressed young women.

When I told him I had been approached by hookers wearing headscarves, he got very indignant and said they were probably not Muslims, but infidels who were trying to make Muslim women look bad.


For the record, Alexandria, Egypt had a booming red-light district in the early 20th century. At that time, the city still had large foreign populations of Greeks, Italians, French and the British colonial overlords.

According to eyewitnesses--one of them being the famous writer E.M. Forster, who worked in Alexandria during WWI--every night the hookers congregated on the aptly-named Rue des Soueres: the "Street of the Sisters," named for an old convent nearby.

Not all the hookers were "sisters." By tradition, female prostitues worked one side of the street and male prostitutes worked the other. Alexandria's unofficial poet laureate Constantine Cavafy wrote some very explicit poems about picking up young men in the city. One of his poems describes a young man in Alexandria selling himself whenever he wants to buy a new shirt.

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  -Female soldiers raise alarm on sexual assaults Barrett808  Jul-21-08 06:21 PM   #0 
  - Hasn't this been known for years?  PSPS   Jul-21-08 06:27 PM   #1 
  - Yes, and there were also stories about soldiers being raped within hours of being in country. nt  flashl   Jul-21-08 06:59 PM   #2 
  - Yes, several deaths of this nature have come to pass  Mandate My Ass   Jul-21-08 07:05 PM   #3 
  - That's right. This is yet ANOTHER case of selective memory. n/t  sfexpat2000   Jul-21-08 08:13 PM   #7 
  - Actually, no such deaths have occurred.  TheWraith   Jul-21-08 08:26 PM   #9 
  - I'd like to see where these deaths at Camp Victory are debunked.  sfexpat2000   Jul-25-08 01:16 AM   #29 
  - Um, no they aren't  Rage for Order   Jul-24-08 07:55 PM   #27 
  - Actually, this is a myth.  TheWraith   Jul-21-08 08:24 PM   #8 
  - I wonder if there is any connection with the fact that recruiting standards have been lowered?  hedgehog   Jul-21-08 07:09 PM   #4 
  - No, problems were there before lowering recruiting standards ...  flashl   Jul-21-08 08:09 PM   #6 
  - One of them was me (being honest)i  JonLP24   Jul-22-08 03:52 PM   #18 
     - A belated welcome to DU, Jon.  sfexpat2000   Jul-25-08 01:18 AM   #30 
  - This is no surprise at all.  MrSlayer   Jul-21-08 07:29 PM   #5 
  - You nailed it, MrSlayer.  bertman   Jul-21-08 08:48 PM   #10 
  - rape is an act of power, not sex  Skittles   Jul-21-08 09:10 PM   #11 
  - But you must admit it is very common in warfare.  MrSlayer   Jul-22-08 02:02 AM   #13 
  - Thanks for posting that. Many women seem to think men are potential rapists and that just isnt true.  Truth4Justice   Jul-22-08 04:53 AM   #15 
     - actually many men seem to think that too eom  noiretblu   Jul-22-08 06:30 PM   #21 
  - These women should shoot their attackers in the face repeatedly  undeterred   Jul-21-08 09:12 PM   #12 
  - I concur.  MrSlayer   Jul-22-08 02:11 AM   #14 
  - One on one a trained man is still stronger than most trained women  undeterred   Jul-22-08 09:17 AM   #16 
     - The female killer of a rapist  Dogtown   Jul-22-08 09:28 AM   #17 
  - How? All of the Rapes of US Army women have been in the Barracks.  happyslug   Jul-22-08 10:18 PM   #25 
  - What the HELL are you talking about, do some research before you make claims  happyslug   Jul-22-08 04:59 PM   #19 
  - thanks for clearing that up  noiretblu   Jul-22-08 06:07 PM   #20 
  - Maybe that's what the research says, but the research isn't done in a combat zone with a bunch of  bertman   Jul-22-08 08:36 PM   #23 
  - Women in the Military RECENT!!!! You do NOT know your history  happyslug   Jul-22-08 10:12 PM   #24 
     - Very well done.  sfexpat2000   Jul-25-08 03:40 PM   #33 
  - thank you!!!  lwfern   Jul-25-08 03:30 PM   #32 
  - There are prostitutes in the Muslim culture.  onager   Jul-25-08 12:49 AM   #28 
  - What else would you expect?  fbahrami   Jul-22-08 06:50 PM   #22 
     - I served in the Marine Corps,  Ben777   Jul-24-08 07:38 PM   #26 
        - Welcome to DU, Ben. We try not to rape or pillage here either.  sfexpat2000   Jul-25-08 01:21 AM   #31 

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