“Where can I find prostitutes in Tunisia” asked me a friend from a neighboring Arab country visiting Tunisia for the first time.
I couldn’t find an immediate answer to his clear question.
After thinking for a while I recommended a legal brothel set in the street Sidi Abdallah Guech, one of the many saints of the Medina of Tunis, a walk down from its famous Zitouna mosque, ” asked me a friend from a neighboring Arab country visiting Tunisia for the first time.
After thinking for a while I recommended a legal brothel set in the street Sidi Abdallah Guech, one of the many saints of the Medina of Tunis, a walk down from its famous Zitouna mosque, and not far from the mausoleum of its patron saint Sidi Mehrez.
Moral outrage against prostitution has always defined the Tunisian public opinion, often stigmatizing women involved in the sex trade.
But reports of civil disobedience and police action filtered out on Twitter on Monday, with some users reporting the use of tear gas by security forces.
Tunisia's archaeological patrimony has never been so impressively open for business.
The Bardo Museum, one of the world's greatest collections of Roman mosaics, re-opened last July.
The customers that frequent the bordello are likely to be sexually frustrated locals from middle class backgrounds, tourists motivated by sexual impulse and pleasure- seekers in pursuit of fulfilling their sexual fantasies, or young men seeking a giggle at the miseries of young women, as most likely would be the curious case of our Arab neighbor.
Almost 500 extremists rallied against the only legal red light district in the Arab world earlier last year when they marched to the street of Abdallah Guech after the Friday prayer. Another brothel in Ghardimaou, Jendouba, situated in the northwest of Tunisia was attacked by an ultraconservative group but none of these incidents could curb prostitution from the Tunisian society.
Dates as in 14 January 2011, on the postcards and T-shirts commemorating the start of the Arab Spring, and dates as in piles of sticky caramel fruit, on special offer in all the shops as the new harvest hits the shelves.