More hypocrisy and pedophelia from a "deeply religious" country. This is a documentary about childhood prostitution in Afghanistan. I saw it a year or so ago. One of these boys ends up being murdered, but of course, no one is convicted. In one scene when some of these men didn't know they were being videotaped, they were reminiscing about the night they gang raped a 14-year-old in the back of a car. Vile predation and hypocrisy from privileged men. - Dallas
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
Award-winning producer Jamie Doran, Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi and camera man Mike Healy investigate a sexual exploitation ring. The film exposes the lack of support from those in authority and their actual complicity, and explores possible local and international responses to the plight of children in this conflict zone.
As the West pours billions of dollars into the fight against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, an ancient tradition (banned when the Taliban were in power) has re-emerged across the rest of the country. Many hundreds of young boys living in extreme poverty are lured off the streets on the promise of a new life away from destitution, unaware their real fate is to be used for entertainment by the warlords and other powerful men of Afghanistan.
Having gained remarkable access inside a sexual exploitation ring, award-winning Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi investigates this illegal practice, the consequences of which are shrouded by a focus on the war. The film exposes the lack of support from those in authority and explores possible responses to the plight of children in this conflict zone.
Bacha Bazi (Persian: بچه بازی, literally "playing with children" in Iranian dialect and "playing with boys" in Afghani dialect), also known as bacchá (from the Persian bacheh بچه "child, young man, calf") or bacha bereesh (beardless boy) is sexual slavery and child prostitution in which prepubescent and adolescent boys are sold to wealthy or powerful men for entertainment and sexual activities. This business thrives in Afghanistan, where many men keep them as status symbols. Some of the individuals involved report being forced into sex. The authorities are barely attempting to crack down on the practice but many doubt it would be effective since many of the men are powerful and well-armed former commanders.
A documentary by Najibullah Quraishi about the practice was aired on PBS Frontline in the United States, and True Stories in the UK on 20 April 2010. This film premiered at the Royal Society of Arts on 29 March 2010.
The practice is illegal under Afghan law.
The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict reported, in 2009, "It is time to openly confront this practice and to put an end to it. Religious leaders in Afghanistan appealed to me to assist them in combating these activities. Laws should be passed, campaigns must be waged and perpetrators should be held accountable and punished. Boys, as well as girls, should be protected so that they are allowed the full benefits of a childhood without exploitation."