Save Afghan Boys from Violence and Rape: End Bacha Bazi

  • By: Care2.com
  • Target: UN Envoy to Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura
In Afghanistan, "bacha bazi," or "boy play" is a dangerous trend. It involves young boys entertaining groups of men by dressing in women's clothes, dancing, and often going home with the highest bidder at the end of the night.

Powerful men attend these "parties" or keep "stables" of boys, despite the fact that trading in children and sex acts with children are illegal.

The boys are taken from the streets or sold to their masters by their poor families, and they have no idea what will be expected of them as a "dancing boy." They are caught in a world of violence and rape. Boys who cross their masters have been murdered.

The situation is difficult to control because some Afghan authorities, including police members, have been caught at "boy parties."

The boys of Afghanistan need our help. Tell the UN envoy to Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, to encourage President Karzai to enforce laws against bacha bazi and put an end to this practice.
"Bacha bazi," or "boy play" is a dangerous trend that involves young boys, from around 11 to 18 years old, dancing for and entertaining groups of men. It often leads to sexual activities.

Some powerful men in Afghan society attend these "parties" or keep "stables" of boys themselves. The boys, taken from the streets or sold to their "masters" by their poor families, dress in women's clothes and dance and sing for groups of entirely men ranging from small gatherings to wedding parties. At the end of the night, the most powerful man in the room, or the highest bidder, might take the boy home with him.

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Bacha bazi is illegal because trading in children and sex acts with children are illegal, yet the situation is difficult to control because some Afghan authorities, including police members, have been caught at "boy parties." These children enter the world of bacha bazi with no idea of what will be expected of them, and are trapped in a web of rape and violence. Boys who cross their masters have been murdered.

The boys of Afghanistan need your help. Encourage President Karzai to enforce laws against bacha bazi and put an end to this practice.
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