Tajik Prostitutes Seek Protection In The Hijab

Like many Tajik street prostitutes Rafoat needed some protection. So she dropped the skimpy skirts, tight tops, and heavy make-up — and started wearing the hijab.

After taking up prostitution five years ago, the 24-year-old resident of Dushanbe’s Mayakovski neighborhood started to wear the hijab “to protect myself from constant insults and verbal attacks in streets.”