Egyptian Women No Longer Subjected to “Virtue” Test

On Monday, Egyptian Interior Minister Habib el-Adly commanded police to discontinue a practice in which poor and uneducated women seeking passports had to pass “virtue tests” conducted by vice squads before getting authorization to leave the country. el-Adly stated “It is embarrassing that such a procedure even existed,” and said that obtaining a passport was a “constitutional right” which should not be impeded.

For several decades, Egyptian police directed millions of poor and illiterate women to vice squad officers who then determined whether or not a woman may have engaged in prostitution or other “immoral activities.”


AP - December 14, 1998

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