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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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