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She doesn’t look like a classic madam. About 50 years old, Hagga lives in a simple flat in the chic Cairene quarter of Muhandisin. Her black abaya (cape and headscarf) evince a more traditional outlook. Even her language is full of religious references. “Tomorrow you can have two girls, God willing. For the furnished flat you have to pay extra. May God make it easy for us.”

Summer is the peak season for the business of furnished fiats, complete with a “housemaid” who can come at any time of the day or night and in any shape, color or size. That is when the khaligiyyin -- the Gulf Arabs -- invade the city looking for cool air and a hot time.

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How to cite this article:

Karim El-Gawhary "Sex Tourism in Cairo," Middle East Report 196 (September/October 1995).