Public information from the media, international organizations and NGOs indicated that the Iranian government did not take significant steps to address its extensive trafficking violations.
Still, Azadi had to balance independence with caution.
She ascended the staircase only when it was clear of neighbors and admonished visiting friends to walk on tiptoes to avoid attracting attention.
But men in the building still wondered about the single young woman upstairs.
Fahimeh Azadi, 35, a university graduate and tour guide who is fluent in English and Russian, is among a growing number of women in Iran who are electing to remain single.
Source: RFE/RL A senior official in Iran's Health Ministry says sexual transmission of HIV is on the rise in the country, in part, because of taboos about discussing sex.