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Iranian court sentences sex gang members to 281 years in prison

A court in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad in Khorasan province, has sentenced 43 members of a gang, who married poor Iranian girls first and then forced them into prostitution in Pakistan, to a total of 281 years in prison and 222 lashes as well as cash fines, IRNA reported.

The convicts, mostly Afghans who lived as refugees in Iran, took their victims among destitute and addicted families by tying the knot with their young daughters and then transferring them to brothels in Pakistan.

"They would take them to Zabol or Zahedan (near the Pakistani border in southeast Iran) under the guise of visiting their relatives and out of the country to Pakistani cities for abuse," the public relations office of Khorassan Justice Department said Tuesday.

The court further sentenced the convicts to paying six million rials and banned them from visiting the Islamic Republic again once they serve out their prison terms.

According to a World Food Program report last year, Iran played host to 2.35 million Afghans since 1979, many of whom have returned to their homes.

Some of the refugees have been involved in various crimes, especially drug smuggling and kidnapping.

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