Iranian law does not prohibit all forms of trafficking.
A 2004 law prohibits trafficking in persons by means of threat or use of force, coercion, abuse of power, or abuse of a victim’s position of vulnerability for purposes of prostitution, slavery, or forced marriage.
PROTECTION The government made negligible efforts to protect trafficking victims.There was no indication the government provided protection services to any trafficking victims, including repatriated Iranian victims.The Government of Iran does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so.As in previous reporting periods, the government did not share information on its anti-trafficking efforts. You mean to tell me Iran may have lied about stuff?!
It’s a good thing we didn’t strike a nuclear deal with them or anything, oh wait…
The constitution and labor code prohibit forced labor and debt bondage, but the prescribed penalty of a fine and up to one year’s imprisonment is not sufficiently stringent.
Iranian courts accord legal testimony by women only half the weight accorded to the testimony by men, therefore restricting female trafficking victims’ access to justice.
In January 2016, an international organization reported the Iranian government and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) coerced male Afghans resident in Iran, including migrants and refugees, to fight in military brigades deployed to Syria by threatening them with arrest and deportation to Afghanistan.
Afghan boys in Iran are vulnerable to sexual abuse by their employers and harassment or blackmailing by the Iranian security service and other government officials.
Public information from NGOs, the media, international organizations, and other governments indicates the Iranian government is not taking significant steps to address its extensive trafficking problem, particularly with regard to the protection of trafficking victims.