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Body of 20th Slain Prostitute Is Found

July 30, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The body of a 20th prostitute has been found in Iran less than a week after the capture of a suspect who confessed to killing prostitutes for "the sake of God."

The killings have forced officials in Iran to acknowledge the existence of widespread prostitution in the fundamentalist Muslim country.

The latest victim was found on a highway near Tehran, the Jam-e Jam newspaper reported. Editors at the state-owned daily said the body was discovered Wednesday.

It was the first killing outside Mashhad in northeastern Iran, where 19 prostitutes were found strangled during the past year.

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