Yes, we are importing into our countries people who behave like swine.
And those responsible for their importation are as swinish as those they are importing.
The secret shame of Afghanistan’s bacha bazi ‘dancing boys’ who are made to dress like little girls, then abused by paedophiles
Tradition: Shaharyar became a dancer when he was 17, after his father died and he needed to make money. He met his master in a Chai Khana, or tea shop, and was taught dancing. The master is now his agent, and takes a cut of his what he earns performing for parties
- Bacha bazi, meaning ‘boy play’, is a tradition found across Afghanistan, where boys dress as women and perform
- But these boys, some as young as 10, are also sexually abused by the men – passed around after the parties
- The stigma of having been a ‘bacha bereesh’ sees the victims shunned by their families and society
- However, ‘owning’ more than one boy is seen as a display of both power and wealth among some Afghan war lords
Afghanistan has long been considered one of the most religious countries in the world: a place where men and women follow Islamic doctrine carefully
But behind the devout exterior, the country is hiding a dark secret – one which the government has tried to sweep under the rug.
Bacha bazi, which translate as ‘boy play’, is on the surface a harmless form of entertainment – young boys dancing for the entertainment of their elders.
In reality, it is often little more than sex slavery, where boys as young as 10 are passed around a group of middle aged men for their own sexual gratification.
Boys like Shukur, who was just 12 when he was stolen away from his family and made to be a ‘bacha bereesh’. It took him five years to escape, and he now uses the dances he learned to make a living.
He is luckier than most.
Dancing boy: Shukur, 21 in this picture, was kidnapped in Kabul when he was 12 years old and taken to Kunduz where he was kept as a Bacha Bereesh – a dancing boy – for a rich and powerful man. He was 17 when he escaped, and began making a living from his dancing