[Stop-traffic] News/Turkey: Coming Clean

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Turkey: Coming Clean
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Oct 30 2000 - 22:06:51 EST

                                      A governor in
                                      Turkey says he'll
                                      remove the beards
                                      and mustaches of
                                      any men caught
                                      with prostitutes.

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                                      By Jack Boulware

                                      Oct. 16, 2000 | For years Turkey has had a
                                      problem with prostitutes who
enter the country
                                      from Russia and other former
Soviet republics.
                                      Despite efforts by the
government in Ankara,
                                      the so-called Natashas just keep
on coming,
                                      fleeing their wretched economies
for better
                                      opportunities. Hooker rings have
even set up
                                      operations in Turkish hotels. Among
                                      government leaders, the message was clear:
                                      Something has to be done.

                                      And so they decreed: Shave the
clients' faces.
                                      Mustafa Tamer, governor of the eastern
                                      province of Igdir, recently
announced a novel
                                      plan to battle the invasion of
hookers. Any man
                                      caught having sex with a
prostitute will get his
                                      beard and mustache shaved off, and then be
                                      exposed for all to see in the
city's main square.
                                      For a man living in Turkey, this
is apparently a
                                      circumstance of horrible shame
and cruelty,
                                      certain to put him off
prostitutes and make him
                                      think twice about the young
woman with bright
                                      lipstick eyeing him on the
street corner. A
                                      clean-shorn face might look youthful and
                                      hygienically sassy in some
cultures, but in Igdir,
                                      smooth cheeks are the mark of a

                                      "It's time these men came to their
                                      senses," Tamer told a public
                                      meeting. "Because of these
                                      women, marriages are being
                                      destroyed and financial ruin is
                                      being wrought." According to the
                                      Daily Telegraph, Tamer also
                                      insists he will shut down any
                                      hotel that caters to prostitutes'

                                      It was not reported what fate
                                      awaits men who don't already
sport facial hair.

                                      salon.com | Oct. 16, 2000

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                                      About the writer
                                      Jack Boulware is a writer in San
                                      Francisco and author of "San
                                      Francisco Bizarro" and "Sex
                                      American Style."

Melanie Orhant
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