Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be “convinced” to undergo sterilization to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said on Sunday.
“These women deal drugs, consume drugs and also work as sex workers,” Siavash Shahrivar told the ILNA news agency.
“Over 20 percent of them have AIDS and (they) spread various diseases,” he said.
“In addition to … spreading depravity, they reproduce like hatching machines and as their children have no guardians, they sell them,” he added.
Last week, when images of homeless men and women sleeping in open graves outside Tehran shocked Iranian society, a cartoonist said on social media that the women must be sterilized because they give birth to children with “weak genes”.
The suggestion by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpour to “block the misery of poor humans who enter this world with many diseases, pain and addiction” outraged many people. Some said it reminded them of “Nazi cleansing” projects.
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