Renting Children for Begging ‘5 Dollars a Day; Selling, 660 Dollars’

Farahnaz Arfa’, the head of the Volunteers Organization of the Red Crescent Society of Iran today (Monday, 29th of February) announced that children are rented 5 dollars a day to be used for begging and the price of selling them is around 660 dollars.

Ms. Arfa’ said: “that’s why we are making efforts to organize women carton-sleepers, but we are not willing to publicize our measures.”

According to the report of Tasnim News Agency, Ms. Arfa’ also mentioned that a number of these children sustain “burns on the face and the body” because of their mothers’ addiction, and measures are going to be taken for prevention and settlement of these women with the help of Fatemeh Daneshvar, a member of the City Council of Tehran.

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Earlier, before Siavash Shahrivar, the Manager of Social and Cultural Affairs of Tehran Governor General Office, confirming cases of selling infants in Tehran had said; “some well-known women addicts and sex workers, who are few, get pregnant and embark upon selling their infants, and we should accept that part of infant-selling is committed in an organized way.”

“Reports show that women carton-sleepers and prostitutes in some hospitals in the south and the center of the city sell their infants after birth for 35 to 65 dollars.”

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Fatemeh Daneshvar, the head of the Social Committee of the Islamic City Council of Tehran, who has publicized this subject for the first time during the recent months, had said before: “Reports show that women carton-sleepers and prostitutes in some hospitals in the south and the center of the city sell their infants after birth for 35 to 65 dollars.”

Hosein Sajedi Nia, the chief of the police of Metro-Tehran, in response to the remarks of Ms. Daneshvar had said that in order to solve the problem of selling and buying the children, there should be attention paid to the vulnerable women: “The police haven’t received information about the number of selling and buying of children, but it doesn’t mean lack of information about it.”

Sa’id Montazerolmehdi, the speaker of the police, said: “selling children is a crime and if it is seen, they will be legally prosecuted.”

According to the statistics of the police there are more than 1500 well-known women addicts in Tehran.