At least that’s the theory, since the world’s oldest profession has a strong foothold in this very conservative country.
In recent years, business has been booming, largely thanks to Facebook.
Dating in Iran can be a bit tricky due to cultural differences, so your best bet is to sign up for a dating site before your trip so you can meet a few locals ahead of time.
The lifestyles of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iran are comprehensively and systematically denied by the Islamic regime, which exposes them to horrific punishment, bullying and risk of suicide, a study has found.
The first detailed report on Iran's LGBT community has found that its members live under social and state repression, with some being persecuted, forced into exile or even sentenced to death. Being a prostitute in Iran is a risky business: selling your body for money is punishable by death under Islamic law.
Now risking the death penalty, Iranian prostitutes began to work more discretely on the street.
Over time, they developed new ways to solicit clients.
Under the Shah’s rule, prostitutes – who were already breaking the law then – worked mainly in the capital’s red-light district, known as Shahr-e-no or New Town.