Rare glimpses of Homeland’s lost underworld before revolution

Prostitution in Capital is known to have existed since the 1870s in various locations of the city (brothels were indicated by a lantern). During the following forty years, prostitutes gradually became more visible, displaying themselves in the streets. In March 1922, the government’s interior ministry, then non-religious, organized a partial roundup of prostitutes and assembled them in Shahr-e No, an area close to the citadel.