CBS' Elizabeth Palmer continues her eye-opening reporting from Damascus. Last week, she told us about Syria's regional diplomacy and the anti-US, anti-Shiite satellite TV channel al-Zawraa that beams propaganda into Iraq. Next Palmer took us to Damascus' red light district, which attracts "a growing stream of men from all over the Middle East." Female war refugees from Iraq, some as young as 15, have to prostitute themselves because Syria denies them legal work. Palmer pointed out that "prostitution is a measure of their desperation" since, in the Arab World, "a woman's honor means everything." Many will commit suicide or be killed by their kinfolk when their trade is discovered. One anonymous sex worker calling herself Farah shrugged: "We are practically dead already."
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