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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