Under the Shah’s rule, prostitutes – who were already breaking the law then – worked mainly in the capital’s red-light district, known as Shahr-e-no or New Town.
In 1979, revolutionaries launched a crackdown on brothels and tore them down.
Premarital sex, officially frowned upon, is commonplace, as it is around much of the 21st century world.
By Rochelle Terman TEHRAN, Iran—When Shadi Amin was growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran, she began experiencing sexual feelings toward other girls.
“I thought there was something wrong with me,” she says.
Now risking the death penalty, Iranian prostitutes began to work more discretely on the street.
Over time, they developed new ways to solicit clients.