Your account is not active. We have sent an email to the address you provided with an activation link. Check your inbox, and click on the link to activate your account. Bikinis and mini-skirts may be commonplace in the Western world, but the Middle-East is a slightly different story. Countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran enforce strict modesty laws on women in keeping with Islamic tradition, and prohibit any skin other than the face and hands from showing. These restrictions even apply to Britney and Madonna, as it turns out.
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Maria Sazonova, 21, went missing with a student friend after telling her mother she had got a bar job to earn money for a new iPhone. The Russian foreign ministry organised a search for the pair after they failed to contact their families for a week amid concern over young women being exploited by sex traffickers in the region. Russian embassy officials confirmed that Maria and friend Viktoria Matveyeva, 20, were found in Jordan , and after being detained, were deported late on Monday from the kingdom. The women had vanished following a sighting at Bahrain airport. It is unclear if a man reportedly bringing wealthy clients for the women was also detained. Maria also said ahead of her trip that she was planning to earn money in the Middle East.
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Women in North Africa live in situations that are rather unique, with special challenges not present in many other parts of the world. With the presence of both Arab culture and traditional Indigenous North African Berber culture in particular, these women have throughout history experienced discrimination and have been subject to restrictions of their freedoms and rights. Some of these practices are based on religious beliefs, but many of the limitations are cultural and emanate from tradition as well as religion. They were sold into marriage by their guardians for a price paid to the guardian, the husband could terminate the union at will, and women had little or no property or succession rights. Using evidence from the ancient Arabian kingdom of Nabataea , she finds that Arab women in Nabataea had independent legal personalities.
IT WAS a disquieting announcement. Efforts to reduce littering or sexual harassment, both plagues in Egypt, might be welcome. But experience in the Middle East suggests that the boot will be put into more harmless activities.