Bacha Bazi:Afghan boys sexually abused by traditional practice
For some people, when you think of Afghanistan, you think of war zone and their loved ones who are serving the country in a deserted soil. For others, the country reminds them of stringent Muslim ethics, by which both adulterers or homosexuals are strictly forbidden. But, not many people are aware that the country still retains its 5000 years old tradition of enslaving boys for sexual exploitation. And the notorious tradition is called Bacha Bazi.
Bacha Bazi: the dancing boys
Bacha Bazi in an Afghan phrase means "boy play" or "boy for play." In Afghan culture, women including prostitutes and belly dancers are not allowed to dance in front of men. They are segregated, and they are not even allowed to attend parties among men. Therefore, when a warlords wants to hold a party, he goes to a local village and lure boys in the age of 12 or so with money or coercion. Once the exploiters lure the boys, the boys wear dress and makeup, and dance like women in front of their owners' friends or guests. When the party is over, the owners, usually warlords and military commenders, take the boys to their beds and sleep with them. Sometimes, they share their boys with their friends for sexual abuse.
Since it was first reported on CNN last Nov. nothing has changed as far as deterring such tradition of sexually exploiting young boys. Reports for the past few days say that it is still very much in practice and young boys are exploited by older Afghan men in the country for full coverage, click here.