[Documentary Video]: Afganistan’s “Dancing Boys” Rising in Exploitation Ring
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[Documentary Video]: Afganistan’s “Dancing Boys” Rising in Exploitation Ring

Kandahar : Afghanistan | Apr 07, 2012 at 9:41 AM PDT
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Afganistan’s “Dancing Boys” Rising in Exploitation Ring

Report by JENIFERLAMUG

This time let us not talk about Afghanistan as a conflict zone but Talibans will still be mentioned. A Muslim country where there are lots of taboos and a conservative dress code, is also engaged of illegal practice, which has now became an open secret called sexual exploitation on underage boys. A growing number of young Afghan boys are being taken as bacha bazi or a boy for pleasure by wealthy or prominent Afghan men, to become their sexual partners and often dressed them up as women to dance at gatherings- as such, “the dancing boys.” View slideshow here.

Najibullah Quraishi, an award-winning Afghan journalist had investigated an exploitation ring in the country. In his interview with Mirzahan, a 22-year-old farmer, who usually recruits poor but attractive boys around 12 to 13-years-old explained why he groomed them and how the boys were sexually exploited. To give you a glimpse, watch clip 1 of the video here.

In what was said to be an ancient tradition banned during the Taliban era in which men suspected of having sex with boys were executed, it was reported to have flourished over the past decades from Pashtun areas in the south to several northern provinces and even in the capital, the Washington Post reported. Dee Brillenburg Wurth, a child-protection expert at the U.N. mission in Afghanistan told reporters that there was better rule of law under the Taliban. “They saw it as a sin, and they stopped a lot of it.”

A 2010 Human Rights Report of the State Department said members of Afghanistan’s security forces were also engaged in this malpractice of sexually abusing boys in an environment of criminal impunity. But the lack of statistic proof refrained foreign powers to give attention on the matter. Hayatullah Jawad, head of the Afghan Human Rights Research and Advocacy Organization said there are lots of people involved but no one dares to talk about it, according to the report.

"It is still rampant but government has not taken any major step to stopping it because if a victim reports, he will end up in prison becoming a pariah," Wurth said.

Inside the exploitation ring, an Afghan soldier named Assadula assigned to a unit in the southern province of Kandahar was also interviewed, sitting with his bacha.

He told press that he has never been attracted to women because they can never be taken anywhere especially in public places.

In most Muslim countries like Afghanistan, it follows traditional gender segregation whether attending parties, other occasions and even in the mosque.

According to the report, the bachas are considered as properties and can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars particularly those attractive ones. They can also be rent out to dance into male-parties only and some are prostituted.

“Though such thing also exists all around the world, let us not only pinpoint it on Muslims or Afghans,” a comment from Youtube said. (I agree.)

In Dubai, I was exposed to Muslim culture and tradition. I have seen how strict they are from dress code, gestures, the gender segregation, etc. Their praying five times a day is one thing which I appreciated most to Muslims. But considering this violence brought by terrorists, I draw the line. For sure, these terrorists also pray five times a day.

NOTE: I don’t hate all Muslims as I also got a lot of Muslim friends. I only dislike the terrorists as maybe some of you reading this article are Muslims. Cheers!

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A growing number of young Afghan boys are being taken as bacha bazi or a boy for pleasure by wealthy or prominent Afghan men, to become their sexual partners and often dressed them up as women to dance at gatherings- as such, "the dancing boys."
JeniferLamug is based in Hong Kong, , China, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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