The name of the secret brothel is taken from Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab of north Israel. Her story – one of political and religious intrigue worthy of a thriller – ended in murder at the hands of her own eunuchs, urged on by her arch-enemy, the fundamentalist prophet Elijah. In 2 Kings 9:30-33, just before she is murdered, Jezebel decks herself out in her most splendid finery, leading to an erroneous two-millennium-old belief that she was a prostitute.

Indeed, her name is cultural shorthand for a wicked and heavily made-up woman, the kind of woman the regime is careful to contain within the walls of the brothel.