Bacha bazi…

Date: May 29, 2016

Note: there is a considerable degree of bias and some distortion, in the views and opinions expressed in these videos…However…since they do actually document [or at least discuss more deeply] the practice in question, and approving commentary is so scarce…I find these videos to be adequate, for the purposes of this post.

01) Afghanistan’s “dancing boys” are made to dress like girls and sold to men for sex

“A tradition called ‘bacha bazi’ or ‘dancing boys’ , wide-spread across Afghanistan involves dressing boys in women’s clothes, who then perform at private parties. Such parties usually end in guest bidding on a night with one of the boys, some of whom are as young as 12. In an Islamic country where sex with women is forbidden before marriage, many men seek the company of these so-called “rent” boys.”

US Tax $ Funds Pedophilia – WikiLeaks

“The now infamous Wikileaks recently released a cable from Afghanistan revealing U.S. government contractor DynCorp threw a party for Afghan security recruits featuring trafficked boys as the entertainment. Bacha bazi is the Afghan tradition of “boy play” where young boys are dressed up in women’s clothing, forced to dance for leering men, and then sold for sex to the highest bidder. Apparently this is the sort of “entertainment” funded by your tax dollars when DynCorp is in charge of security in Afghanistan.

DynCorp is a government contractor which has been providing training for Afghan security and police forces for several years. Though the company is about as transparent as a lead-coated rock, most reports claim over 95% of their budget comes from U.S. taxpayers. That’s the same budget that DynCorp used to pay for a party in Kunduz Province for some Afghan police trainees. The entertainment for the evening was bacha bazi boys, whose pimps were paid so the boys would sing and dance for the recruits and then be raped by them afterward. That’s your tax dollars at work — fighting terrorism and extremism in Afghnistan by trafficking little boys for sex with cops-in-training.

In fact, the evidence linking DynCorp to bacha bazi was so damning, Afghan Minister of the Interior Hanif Atmar tried to quash the story. Upon hearing a journalist was investigating DynCorp and the U.S. government’s funding of the sex trafficking of young boys in Afghanistan, Atmar warned any publication of the story would “endanger lives,” and requested the U.S. suppress the story. Atmar admitted he had arrested eleven Afghans nationals as “facilitators” of the bacha bazi party. But he was only charging them with “purchasing a service from a child,” which is illegal under Sharia law and the civil code. And in this case “services” is not used as a euphemism for sex; so far, no one is being held accountable for the young boys whose rapes were paid for by the U.S. taxpayers.

As if this story couldn’t get any more outrageous, Atmar went on to say that if news of the incident got out, he was “worried about the image of foreign mentors”. In other words, why should something as piddling as the humiliation, objectification, sale, and rape of some children tarnish the good name of DynCorp and all the work (read: money) they’re doing in Afghanistan? After all, bacha bazi is growing in popularity in Afghanistan, especially in areas like Kunduz. Why shouldn’t U.S. government contractors be able to win local favor by pimping young boys?

Of course, this isn’t the first time DynCorp has used U.S. tax dollars to support sex trafficking. In Bosnia in 1999, Kathryn Bolkovac was fired from the company after blowing the whistle on DynCorp’s staffers pimping out girls as young as 12 from Eastern European countries. DynCorp settled a lawsuit involving Bolkovac, and her story was recently featured in The Whistleblower, where she was portrayed by Rachel Weiss. It’s a happy ending for one DynCorp whistle blower, but will there be a Bolkovac in Afghanistan?

It’s time American taxpayers demanded a zero tolerance policy on our money being used to support child sex trafficking overseas. Tell the UN Mission to Afghanistan the time has come to crack down on those who buy and sell boys in bacha bazi, whether they’re Afghans or U.S. government contractors, security personnel or citizens. No one should be able to traffic children so sex and get away with it, and that includes repeat offender DynCorp. We have a right to demand our tax dollars go to fight trafficking, not support it. And we have a right to demand the U.S. government and their contractors be held accountable for exploiting the boys of Afghanistan.”

Strictly speaking…this is not pedophilia, even though many people will mistakenly call it such.

Bacha bazi is a practice in the middle east…where adolescent [teen] boys dress up like girls, dance in front of older males…and frequently leave with one of them, for the purpose of sexual relations.

It’s essentially a type of male prostitution, which became popular because of the extreme prohibition on female sexual expression [and on having sex with females, outside of wedlock].

It’s quite the perplexing anomaly…because homosexuality is thought to be treated so ruthlessly, in that part of the world…And yet, it thrives in some areas…in one form, or another…commonly this one.

To be clear…the adolescent boys in videos I’ve seen, appear to be having a good time of it all, at least while dancing…Presumably, they know some manner of sex is in store, for later…But they don’t appear to be displeased about that.

That’s just a personal observation…and I understand some boys are taken hostage, and forced to perform in this way…I do make a sharp distinction, between these willing boys in their own community…and boys taken, forced to perform and raped…Because it’s just not the same thing.

One thing I’ve written about before, is the outrageous set of circumstances…where in, “we” invade and conquer two entire countries in the middle east…We come to find out that twelve to twenty year old boy prostitution is relatively common there…”Our” own country and government is so outraged and horrified by this behavior within “our” own borders, that it sends people to prison for years and decades over it [puts them on public lists, and restricts them for life]…It cries a river, about how “soul destroying” it all is…Yet the countries “we” conquered, “we” just want to turn a blind eye…sweep it all under the rug…essentially admit “well…it’s their thing, in their culture”…And none of these “white knights” care enough, to force a country “we” dominated to stop this, on behalf of the boys…

…A country “we” conquered, has a population with more sexual freedom…than the population of “our” own country does…And “we” are a country of sex prohibition fanatics…

It’s unbelievable, how they willingly refuse to use their power, to put a stop to these kinds of things…It’s all a feeble, “Please stop doing that”…but no will to intervene…Presumably, they could cut off financial aid, for example…But, no…

…It either means that deep down…most of these fanatics know that what they say about these activities is distortion and hyperbole…Or it means they don’t value the lives of these boys, enough to do anything for them…even though they could impose some serious pressure on these countries.

…Their lack of resolve when things get a bit complicated, are highly revealing.

In a country we have effectively controlled for a decade…the men and adolescent boys can have sexual relations freely…In the homeland, they damn near crucify you for merely suggesting that prohibition on it should be lifted…

…All enforced by spineless, hypocritical cowards…

…What a flagrant load of steaming bull shit.

One might imagine, that we would at least be as free, as the people of the countries “we” have conquered and ruled over.

…And before anyone wants to put words into my mouth…No, I don’t want the freedom to rape boys…And I realize, Bacha bazi is a complicated issue…I’m sure, not all forms of it are good…But can it all be justly condemned?

…And how is it, that the fanatical sex prohibitionists of “our” country, are so passive about this?

…Bunch of unprincipled cowards, who don’t want to stick their own necks out over this, where it might cost them…But, where the foundations of their intolerance are already in place, they’re happy to exploit it all, to no end…Because that’s easy…They’ve already got the upper hand, and the position of power.

…As you can probably tell…being a veteran, who once served these spineless, hateful bastards…I find it a bitter pill, to experience all they subject people like me too…while knowing that it’s all a two faced act…and that it’s all a calculated balancing act, based on who they can get away with doing this too…

…Where they stay their own hand, is all relative to diplomatic trade offs…

…The last thing they give a flying fuck about, is the boys.

…If only they were forced to use diplomacy, with “we the people”…But let’s be real…Being a U.S. citizen, is tantamount to being a slave of the U.S. regime.

…We are the slaves immediately under their thumb…Those other conquered people, are the slaves they don’t much give a shit about, because they cannot be so readily exploited as us…

…On this night before memorial day…it makes me want to cry, just knowing the unfree culture, all those deaths we are about to commemorate has earned us…

…It feels as though it’s all been for nothing.

2 thoughts on “Bacha bazi…

  1. feinmann

    ” … because of the extreme prohibition on female sexual expression …”

    And due to such restrictions, the other side of the coin, where the eldest girl in an all-girl family is brought up as a boy to mitigate against the mother not easily being able to leave the family home: ‘She is My Son: Afghanistan’s Bacha Posh, When Girls Become Boys’ …


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