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Save "Leila" from execution in Iran

December 2, 2004

Imagine you are a 19 year old woman, faces imminent execution in Iran. What childhood you have had has been marred with physical and sexual abuse from the age of 8, giving birth to your first child at the age of 9.

Having become a concubine to an Afghan man at the age of 12, you were forced into prostitution by him until the age of 14 when you gave birth to twin daughters.

You were then given to a 55 year old married man who continued your history of abuse until your arrest at the age of 18, when you were found guilty of prostitution. Prostitution carries the death penalty under the filthy Islamic laws of Iran.

- Your imagination is Leila's real life

The Persian Journal is asking readers to go to, to sign an appeal on Leila's behalf based on principals of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (, to which Iran is a signatory.

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