This increase is attributed to economic pressure faced by families countrywide and the presence of new prostitution rings that have sprung up since the invasion.
With society in turmoil and a raft of other serious issues to address, child protection has not been uppermost in the priorities of the transitional government.
Iraq is bordered by Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and the Persian Gulf.
Baghdad was the name of a village that the Arabs chose to develop as their capital and is in the central plains.
In the summer of 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a military offensive in Northern Iraq and declared a worldwide Islamic caliphate, eliciting another military response from the United States and its allies.
Hassan Feiraz, a 16-year-old boy, has started a desperate new life since being forced into the sex trade in Baghdad, joining a growing number of adolescents soliciting in Iraq under the threat of street gangs or the force of poverty. “I’m a homosexual and was forced to work as a prostitute because one of the people I had sex with took pictures of me in bed and said that, if I didn't work for him, he was going to send the pictures to my family.” "My life is a disaster today.
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This article is about the war that started in 2003 and ended in 2011.
was a protracted armed conflict that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that toppled the government of Saddam Hussein. involvement in Iraq accelerated under President Barack Obama. The Bush administration based its rationale for the war principally on the assertion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and that the Iraqi government posed an immediate threat to the United States and its coalition allies.
The conflict continued for much of the next decade as an insurgency emerged to oppose the occupying forces and the post-invasion Iraqi government. The invasion led to the collapse of the Ba'athist government; President Hussein was captured during Operation Red Dawn in December of that same year and executed by a military court three years later. The United States responded with a troop surge in 2007. After the invasion, no substantial evidence was found to verify the initial claims about WMDs. In the aftermath of the invasion, Iraq held multi-party elections in 2005.
“But we don't have the capacity to deal with them.” Muhammad said a special commission had been set up, with help from the Ministry of Interior, to tackle the rings forcing young men into the sex trade.
The world is facing a refugee crisis the likes of which we have not witnessed since World War II.