شنبه ۲۷ آبان ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۰۵:۰۳
SOCIETY: Girls Run From Home at Younger Ages, Welfare Official Says
July 15, 2004 - The average age of runaway girls has dropped to 13, social affairs deputy of the national welfare organization (Sazeman Behzisti) said, adding that criminal prostitution and human smuggling ring lure these girls less than 24 hours after they leave home. We believe that the number of runaway girls has increased by 25 percent in the past year, Tehran University professor Amanollah Qaraee-Moqadam tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Golnaz Esfandiari. Family problems, poverty, social and cultural conditions are factors pushing girls as young as 10 to run from home, he adds. Runaway girls face a gruesome destiny, they are often raped on their first night out of home, he adds. In 1979 there were only 9 emergency housing projects for young runaway girls; in 2002 we had 74, he says.