Hawler: sex story of a taxi driver
Fazel Hawramy, Tuesday, 9 October 2012
On my journey from Hawler to Slemani (the new official spelling of the city in English) last week I was reminded why taxi drivers are known the world over for furnishing their customers with local insights.
I asked Qader (not his real name), aged 32, who was taking me towards the Slemani bus garage about prostitution in Erbil. (known as Hawler in Kurdish)
He explained in a Halweri accent that a few months ago, a girl who got out of a pick-up truck with two men, waved at him to stop. She was ‘wearing very tight jeans and was very attractive’. One of the young men followed her into Qader’s taxi and sat in front while the girl sat in the back. The young man introduced himself as Bakhtyar and he said the girl was his wife. “As we drove, the girl received a phone call from the other young man in the pick-up truck and asked me to drive slowly so he can follow us to a hotel. After a while, the young man parked the pick-up truck and I waited till he got in to the back of the taxi next to Bakhtyar’s wife. I noticed from the window that the man at the back was touching the girl’s breasts. I drew Bakhtyar’s attention to what was happening in the backseat, but Bakhtyar dismissed me and told me I could touch her too.” Then I realised that she is a prostitute. The girl and the two men were Kurds.”
“I carry a Tariq pistol with me all the time even though I am not supposed to. I work for Yakyati. [Yakyati in Kurdish refers to the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of the three main political parties in Iraqi Kurdistan] She was very attractive and I wanted to have sex with her. So I prepared my pistol and drove into a side street. Bakhtyar had no problem with me having sex with the girl but the man at the back did not like the idea.”
I asked Qader about the girl and if she wanted to have sex with him?
He said a woman can’t say no if she is doing prostitution! “I took my gun out and asked the two men to move away from the car. I fucked the girl at the back seat of my taxi.”
I pointed out to Qader, that he is talking about Hawler – a very conservative city by Kurdistan standards! “Is it really possible that this happens in this city” I asked. “Hawler is big like the sea and it is no one’s business what I do in my own car and that is what the law says. Besides it was getting dark”, he replied.
“I gave 20,000 Dinars [around $12] to the girl even though she did not ask for any money and then let them go. Even now I still have contact with Bakhtyar and the girl”
-So did you use protection? I asked.
– Such as what?
-So what was her name?
“She is a prostitute and works under different names but that day her name was Narmin.”
Then he started telling me stories of other girls and women he picked up and slept with, including a Turkish woman that he recently drove to Ibrahim Khalil crossing with Turkey and ‘fucked’ her twice as he puts it.
-So what is the highest money you paid for sex? I asked.
-“$700 for an amazing Arab woman, she was great in bed” he replies. Qader says he prefers Arabs although he claims he frequently sleeps with Kurdish and Turkish women too.
I was curious to know if he is married and as we were approaching the Slemani garage, I asked him hesitantly:
-Are you married?
-“Praise to Allah, yes and I have two children” Qader replied .
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