Slaves and Omen Seller on Street

November 27,2014
Child market is not a new phenomenon in Tehran, capital of Iran, rather; it is a bitter reality that has been breathing alongside pedestrian without any fear for many years and offers you a mint flavored chewing gum.

In Tehran's DarvazehGhar district there is Market place like wall-street but differently they are trafficking children, Persian Deutsche Welle reported.

The numbers of children with uniforms have been used for garbage collection in Tehran, Head of Tehran Municipality inspection said. MostafaFeyzi also noted, I accepted it and I do not want to run away. 

A report of DarvazehGhar involves us to prominent issue that was appeared as tragedy. Decreasing the age of girls running away from home to 9, decrease in the age of homeless women to 17, 4.5 times increase in the statistics of street children with HIV and hepatitis, increase in statistics of addicted newborns.

Unofficial statistics estimate the number of children labors are 7 million. And other report indicates of 3 milions and 200 thousands child labors in Iran that Iran parliament research center report had Represented 2 years ago.

Children's market; children auction from 100.000 Tomans to 5 Million Tomans(Official currency of Iran), or they are rented for hours or few days. It is the Black-Market that is accustomed to street-life in Iran.

The rental for professional can be up to 1 million Tomans per months.

There are homes that customers rent the children daily and they return them at night. And the cycle continues every day, as a social worker said.

Life cycle of these children does not end here, when they became 12 years old they must marry and deliver baby. It is ominous destiny of poor street-children. Seems they were born to work and work. Children who have nowhere to register their names nor their marriage.

They work hard to supply their imitative parents drug cost. There is lots of buyer if they work well. It was noted by Adam Smith in Invisible Hands.

No changes occurred in the lives of citizens in the DarvazehGhar if you compare documents before 1979 revolution of Iran with Recent observations.

By: Mozhgan Hasseli Women Rights activist

Translated: Kaveh Taheri