In addition to permitting sexual acts with little girls, Islam also allows adult men to perform sexual acts with boys, a practice known as “Bacha Bāzī.”
Bacha bāzī is the transliteration of a Persian phrase (بچه بازی,), which literally means “boy play.” It’s derived from two Persian words, (بچه) “bacha” meaning “child,” and (بازی) “bāzī” meaning “game.” The Bacha Baz, “pedophile” in Persian, is the perpetrator. A “bacha bereesh” is a boy without a beard.
Part of Bacha bāzī mostly involves using small boys for child pornography, sexual slavery and prostitution. Thousands of prepubescent and adolescent boys are sold to wealthy and powerful Islamic men for entertainment and sexual abuse. The most desirable age for dancing boys is 13 or 14 years-old, which means in order to groom them, they must be kidnapped, rented, or bought at a younger age. Boys targeted for sex-trafficking are often found on playgrounds in the poorest neighborhoods. They are stolen, rented, or bought, then groomed, and forced into a life of slavery.
Bacha bāzī is widely practiced throughout Afghanistan, especially after powerful and well-armed warlords like the Northern Alliance commanders used force and coercion to institutionalize this abuse in the 1990’s. Despite the practice of dancing boys being illegal, and punishable by death, most Afghani officials are complicit in the abuse and don’t enforce the law.
Most claim “dancing boys” is solely an Afghani practice. But it’s not: Bacha bāzī is pervasive throughout the Islamic world. The sex-trafficked boys may be referred to in other countries by another term, such as “rent boys.”
The first video is a clip from the documentary, The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, produced by Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi. It first aired in 2010 and won the Amnesty International UK Media Awards in 2011:
A former mujahedin commander in Kunduz, Afghanistan explains how they first entrap the boys. He says:
“First we select boys in the village and later on we try to trick them into coming with us. Some of them stay with us for money; they get a monthly allowance, and in return we can have them any time we want. They don’t stay with us all the time – they can do their own jobs and then just come to parties with us.”
“I was dancing last night. I have been doing this for the past year. I have no choice – I’m poor. My father is dead, and this is the only source of income for me and my family. I try to dance well, especially at huge parties. The men throw money at me, and then I gather it up. Sometimes they take me to the market and buy me nice clothes.”
“I was only 14 years-old when a former Uzbek commander forced me to have sex with him. Later, I quit my family and became his secretary. I have been with him for 10 years, I am now grown up, but he still loves me and I sleep with him. I am grown up now and do not have the beauty of former years. So, I proposed to marry my lord’s daughter and he has agreed to it.”
“I am used to it. I love my lord. I love to dance and act like a woman and play with my owner.”
He plans to own his own dancing boys when he gets older.
Bacha bāzī is pervasive throughout the Islamic world, which is why it’s not surprising to find that those who do have access to the Internet in Islamic countries are looking for information related to sex with children.
According to The Daily Times and WebCitation.org, a survey of Google searches reveals that six out of the top ten countries of search origin looking for sex-related sites online are from Islamic countries. Pakistan topped the list; Egypt is 2nd, Iran 4th, Morocco 5th, Saudi Arabia, 7th, and Turkey, 8th. Non-Islamic countries include Vietnam, which is 3rd, India, 6th, Philippines, 9th, and Poland, 10th.
Turkish is the language most used when searching for child porn; Turkey is the country in which the second largest number of searches online occur for “child porn.”
For “children sex,” Pakistan is again first, Egypt is again second, and Iran moves up to third. The most common languages used to search are Arabic and Turkish.
For “sexy children,” Pakistan is again first, followed by Syria, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
For “sexy child,” Pakistan is again first, followed by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey. The most often used languages to search are Persian, Arabic, and Turkish.
For “rape,” Pakistan is still first and Malaysia is third.
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