Rescued from prostitution and addiction

Married aged 11 to a man she discovered was a drug addict, Anahita was forced into drug use herself and then into prostitution to fund her husband’s habit. Two years ago God stepped in and Anahita’s life changed out of recognition. She wrote to tell her story to SAT-7's Farsi language Christian satellite TV channel, SAT-7 PARS.

Not actual womanAnahita from Shiraz: “Hello to you. I would like you to pray for me as I have got some financial problems and also I have flashbacks from my previous life. I am 33 years old and I came to Christ two years ago through watching satellite programmes.

"I want to tell you my story. I got married when I was 11 years old and by the time I was 15, I had two children. My husband was drug addicted and he would give me drugs as well so, gradually, I became addicted to drugs myself. Then, as he could not afford to buy drugs financially, he forced me to become a prostitute to provide him with the money he needed.

"This was my life for 14 years. Due to all these, I am HIV positive now. But thankfully I got divorced from my husband a few years ago and after watching your channel, I started a new life.

"Now I am married and my husband is Christian and my life is completely changed. Now 10 of my friends and family members are Christians and we come together to worship God.

"I would like you to pray for me as well because sometimes I have flashbacks from my past life. Also pray that I can serve my God always.”

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Shiraz facts

Shiraz, the Iranian city which gave us the Shiraz grape, is known as Iran’s city of poets, literature, wine and flowers. The country’s sixth most populous city, it is also a Bahá'í centre of pilgrimage as one of the three central figures of the Bahá'í faith was born here. In the past, Shiraz has had major Jewish and Christian communities.

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