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Satisfy your lust in Baghdad (finally!)
According to the NY Times, Baghdad is getting safer, and people are looking to have a good time (though, this does stand in stark contrast to the suicide bombing I reported a few weeks ago). So, if you find yourself in Iraq's capital, stop by a nightclub, order a drink and nail a prostitute. For the best results, go to Saddoun Street, where you'll have plenty of choices.
Or, you can dash off to Abu Nawas Park for a sexual liaison in one of its many hiding places. Fortunately, the bang you get won't attract the U.S. Army's attention!
After your romp, hit a café to toke a hookah and gamble on dice and dominos. If you win back what you spent on the prostitute ... well, it's like she really wasn't a prostitute after all!
But, be careful.
Gambling is illegal ... whether it's dice, dominoes or cockfighting. Prostitution is, too. Fortunately, the police have had their hands full with the truly dangerous, so they aren't going to go "Serpico" on hookers and booze. In fact, prostitutes are a figurative step from being deputized, as they're the cops' best sources.
To get in on the carnality, the sticker price is around $100, but you'll probably spend at least that in drinks just to broach the issue.
Needless to say, the Iraqis are certainly having more fun than the Americans. Locals can pay for the real thing, while U.S. military personnel and civilian contractors can't even bring their own substitutes for prostitutes. Damned shame.
Of course, vice doesn't just bring fun and excitement ... not even to a place like Baghdad. There have been reports of inappropriate (i.e., criminal) behavior, even under the loose enforcement of these laws. Human trafficking and drug abuse are among the problems being discovered in Iraq, proving that turmoil is constant ... it just changes its face.
Gallery: On the ground in Iraq
[Photos by Brian Sayler]