I wrote several years ago about the widespread practice of pederasty among Muslims, especially in South Asia. The custom in which older men groom young boys for sex and keep them as catamites has been practiced for centuries in Afghanistan and parts of Iran and Pakistan. It is not for nothing that Kandahar is known as “the homosexual capital of South Asia”.
Like many other “macho” cultures, most Islamic societies do not view men who have sex with young boys as homosexuals, provided that the practitioner acts as the active partner in the encounter. The seclusion of women and the practice of polygamy limit the access of young men to normal heterosexual outlets for their urges, so Islamic societies, particularly in the less developed areas, have come to resemble prison culture with their sexual predators and “nancy boys”.
Our regular tipster JD sent us an email about a PBS program on this topic that aired last night:
A disturbing episode of the documentary show Frontline was on TV last night (9pm 20 April 2010) entitled “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan”.
“In the midst of war and endemic poverty, an ancient tradition has re-emerged across Afghanistan: Hundreds of boys are being lured off the streets with promises of a new life, many unaware their fate is to be used for entertainment and sex.”
The show may be watched online here.
Below are some excerpts from PBS’ synopsis of the program:
In The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi (Behind Taliban Lines) returns to his native land to expose an ancient practice that has been brought back by powerful warlords, former military commanders and wealthy businessmen. Known as “bacha bazi” (literal translation: “boy play”), this illegal practice exploits street orphans and poor boys, some as young as 11, whose parents are paid to give over their sons to their new “masters.” The men dress the boys in women’s clothes and train them to sing and dance for the entertainment of themselves and their friends. According to experts, the dancing boys are used sexually by these powerful men.
In detailed conversations with several bacha bazi masters in northern Afghanistan and with the dancing boys they own, reporter Quraishi reveals a culture where wealthy Afghan men openly exploit some of the poorest, most vulnerable members of their society.
“What was so unnerving about the men I had met was not just their lack of concern for the damage their abuse was doing to the boys,” Quraishi says. “It was also their casualness with which they operated and the pride with which they showed me their boys, their friends, their world. They clearly believed that nothing they were doing was wrong.”
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“I had a boy because every commander had a partner,” says Mestary, a former senior commander who is well connected with major Afghan warlords. “Among the commanders there is competition, and if I didn’t have one, then I could not compete with them.”
“I go to every province to have happiness and pleasure with boys,” says an Afghan man known as “The German,” who acts as a bacha bazi pimp, supplying boys to the men. “Some boys are not good for dancing, and they will be used for other purposes…. I mean for sodomy and other sexual activities.”
In the documentary, Quraishi interviews local police officials who insist that men who participate in bacha bazi will be arrested and punished regardless of their wealth or powerful connections. Later that day, however, Quraishi’s cameras catch two officers from the same police department attending an illegal bacha bazi party.
“Many of the people who do this work for the government,” says Nazer Alimi, who compiled a report on bacha bazi for UNICEF. “They speak out against it but are abusers themselves…. I personally cannot mention any names because I am scared.”
Quraishi speaks with some dancing boys who fear they will be beaten or killed. “If they stray, they get killed,” says a 13-year-old dancing boy. “Sometimes fighting happens among the men who own the boys. If you don’t please them, they beat you, and people get killed.”
The program will conclude with a detailed update of attempts to arrange the rescue of one of the dancing boys profiled in the film, an 11-year-old boy bought by Dastager from an impoverished rural family. It is a dramatic final chapter, full of new shocks and surprises, and, in the end, provides a measure of justice for the boy and his master.
Phyllis Chesler has a post today on this topic.
A snip from her essay:
…Human Rights Watch, cited by Amnesty International, first broke this story in 1997. They cited it as a Taliban-abuse. I write about this in my book The Death of Feminism. Now UNICEF says that this practice “has to be eradicated.” The documentary narrative admits that, although such sex slavery is illegal, the police will not make arrests, and that the rare jail sentence is quickly commuted. The police themselves often comprise the all-male audiences who enjoy the dancing boy performances.
And the people are so very poor and have so few options.
Bacha bazi (dancing boys) are taken and trained in singing and dancing when they are as young as six years old, more often when they are nine or ten…
As they say, read the whole thing, here. There are some cogent comments, also, including one which explains Islam as a Crime Syndicate.
From the video: “Banned under the Taliban and illegal under Afghan law …”
This is not quite accurate in that bacha bazi was so commonly practiced by Taliban commanders that a set of 30 Rules contained the following listing:
19) Mujahideen are not allowed to take young boys with no facial hair onto the battlefield or into their private quarters.
It is significant to note that even the Taliban have difficulty suppressing the practice of bacha bazi within their own ranks. This is especially telling as the Taliban are supposedly very puritanical extremists.
Of key importance is the mention of facial hair. In the Islamic world of incessant doctrinal hair-splitting, it is widely perceived that a boy without facial hair is not a man and, therefore, penetrating such an individual cannot be construed as definitive homosexual relations.
There is much to be said about a culture that swallows down whole the camel of sexual child abuse whilst straining on gnats of facial hair. It is identical to how Muslims claim are protective of women even as they actively support spousal abuse and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).
Thus can those who extol Islam as The Religion of Peace™ threaten with death anyone who questions why Muslims commit the vast majority of terrorist murder in our world today.
Is it any wonder that the only functional countermeasure for defeating Islam is violence on an equal or greater scale than that inflicted by Muslim terrorists? Cognitive dissonance at this sort of level precludes, nay prohibits, rational negotiation or any semblance of diplomacy. It is only the façade of kitman and taqiyya that keep intact Islam’s eternal pretense of benign intent.
Even more repulsive is considering what sort of devastating terrorist attacks−be they nuclear, chemical or biological−that will be required to shatter for once and all time the self-deception of modern Liberals who simply refuse to accept so much incontrovertible evidence that Islam ranks as the most retrograde and malignant force in the entire civilized world.
It isn’t just boys that end up having “prison sex” (not gay sex, they’ll tell ya) with those louse-ridden pedophiles… This article shows that Pashtun males in Afghanistan love to use each other for sexual gratification, while believing that “so long as they don’t LOVE each other, there ain’t nothing gay about it.” This other article is about a similar kind of hypocrisy in Saudi Arabia. And I say hypocrisy exactly because of how much those inbred bedouin savages like to brag about their “homophobia”, while not even in San Francisco’s Castro District one could ever see as many public displays of affection between gay men as one would on a stroll in ANY mahoundian country.
I didn’t fully read the article because I’m preparing for class right now. Anyway. I pointed out in comments about how Islam is faring in Albania that there’s a rural triangle in Albania with the population overwhelmingly nominally Muslim that is famous for homosexuality. Male homosexuality there is very common. Traditionally, historically. Anytime talking to those good Muslims, they did hint that they don’t mind. It’s Tirana-Elbasan-Kavaje. That’s a commonplace in Albania.
While I was resting in the grass in the Jordanian Wall in Jerusalem, a Muslim Arab young man approached me. He asked for “fire”, (ash, be-ivrit) a lighter, and quick escalated to… “I love you,” at which point I had to stop treating him with dignity and run away.
Perhaps this documentarian could also do an expose on NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association) who seek to decriminalize sexual relations with boys under the age of consent. The myth that pedophilia is not more strongly associated with homosexuality than with heterosexuality needs to be exploded in this day and age of allowing gay males to adopt.
North American society is more afraid of offending gay activists than of throwing defenseless children into uncontrolled possibly risky circumstances. This is highly unethical, to soothe adult feelings at the possible expense of children.
There is (justified) outrage at the abuse of children perpertrated by Catholic priests, and the Church must endure the criticism (even if it does oft descend into mind-numbingly stupid assertions).
Where is the outrage of these same crusaders towards the Muslims? Mohammed was a paedophile (no matter how you cut it, deflowering a 9-year-old is still paedophilia), and no one bats an eye. In fact, you get threatened for pointing it out.
It is offensive to me as a Catholic, and while I accept the criticism of the Holy Mother Church, I will forever demand why there is no furore over this, especially in light of the idea of universal rights.
LAW WELLS_”It is offensive to me as a Catholic, and while I accept the criticism of the Holy Mother Church, I will forever demand why there is no furore over this…” (Muslim pedophilia)
Very simple, Catholics are not a “protected group” in Western liberal societies, Muslims are!