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Skip to content. A teenage Afghan boy who dances at parties poses at an undisclosed location in the northern city of Mazar-I-Shariff November 13, They are known as "bacha bereesh", boys without beards, teenage boys who dress up as girls and dance for male patrons at parties in northern Afghanistan.
But Ahmad Javed, not his real namelounging on a chair near the public toilets, was there for business. The year-old was waiting for customers looking for sex at the shrine, revered as the burial place of Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad. Javed said that many of his sex worker friends also came to the mosque complex to find customers.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Last summer, an Afghan police commander invited me to his post for tea - and to view his "beautiful" boy sex slave. I stumbled through a farm of chest-high opium poppy stocks to reach his mud-and-wattle outpost on the outskirts of Tarin Kot, the capital of southern Uruzgan province that is teetering in the face of a Taliban upsurge. On its open roof, a slight teenager sat next to his hulking captor, stealing sad glances at me as he quietly filled our tea glasses.
A teenage Afghan boy who dances at parties poses at an undisclosed location in the northern city of Mazar-I-Shariff Nov. Afghan police are battling to crackdown on the practice which has angered Islamic clerics who say those involved should be stoned for sodomy, forbidden under Islamic law. In a society where the sexes are strictly segregated, it is common for men to dance for other men at weddings in Afghanistan.
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Although the practice of bacha bazi has been banned in Afghanistan, it continues secretly in almost all parts of the country. The horrific and obnoxious practice of bacha bazi, which has a long history in Afghanistan, continues even after strong opposition from human rights bodies around the globe At the stroke of midnight, the crimson moon was shining in its full glory over a small hamlet on the outskirts of Kabul. The calmness outside was in sharp contrast to the deafening noise and pandemonium inside.
With the looming withdrawal of Nato troops and a persistent insurgent threat, Afghanistan is in a precarious position. Innumerable tragedies have beleaguered rural Afghans throughout the past decades of conflict — perpetual violence, oppression of women, and crushing poverty have all contributed to the Hobbesian nature of life in the Afghan countryside. While the Afghan government has been able to address some of these issues since the Taliban's ouster inarchaic social traditions and deep-seated gender norms have kept much of rural Afghanistan in a medieval state of purgatory. Perhaps the most deplorable tragedy, one that has actually grown more rampant sinceis the practice of bacha bazi — sexual companionship between powerful men and their adolescent boy conscripts.
The odd men who had come to the party were expecting a dancing boy, or bacha bereesh. Some were drinking while others were smoking hashish in open windows, looking down into the street of the middle-class Kabul district of Karte-Char as they anticipated the boy's arrival. The year-old Hazara youth was known as "the Chinoise" for his striking oriental features.