In Afghanistan, it is considered a sign of prominence to have a “bacha bazi,” which is a little boy sex slave.
The “beardless boys” generally have an age range of 12 to 15 years, which is basically around the time puberty starts. The boys are often from some small villages and are kidnapped primarily by warlords and police, but anyone can obtain one should they choose.
Although most cases are nonconsensual, some men actually do court these pre-adolescent boys. The men attempt to entice them with gifts such as money and sweets for a few months until the boy ends up willingly agreeing to a sexual relationship.
This horrific practice has been around for centuries and likely has a lot to do with the fact that women are absolutely unattainable. Men rarely see anything other than ankles and eyes on any woman outside of family.
So when pent-up sexual frustration arises, pre-adolescent boys and occasional girls tend to be the answer. One might never know whether it is based on homosexuality or because girls are subjected rather frequently to honor killings for even a kiss.
However, an even bigger problem has risen between Afghani police and the United States soldiers who have been stationed there for the last several years.
Afghani police and militia are bringing these bacha bazis into the camps with the soldiers. Due to the close proximity between both groups, the soldiers often hear the cries of these innocent boys.
How can this get any worse? Per strict military orders, the soldiers are not allowed to interfere with these pedophilic practices. Many soldiers are have had military careers ruined or received severe punishment for intervening on behalf of these children.
According to reports from soldiers, they are in living hell.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” said one serviceman to his father during was the last call the Marine made to his father before he was killed days later.
Many intervene anyway. Dan Quinn, former Special Forces captain, was relieved of service after assaulting an Afghani militia commander who had a little boy chained to his bed.
According to Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesperson for the U.S. military, “Allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan military or police personnel would be a matter of domestic Afghan criminal law.”
Right, so let the authorities known to indulge in bacha bazi practices themselves handle issues regarding child sex slaves. Good job, U.S. military.
For those wondering how this could go on, the answer is quite simple—the military is choosing not to get involved in order to maintain good relations with Afghani servicemen. It is considered to be a part of their culture. So basically, soldiers who went to fight a war based on immoral practices by the Taliban are now being forced to quell and go against their own morals.
Here’s the kicker—the Taliban are actually fighting bacha bazi practices. If a man is found to be practicing homosexuality with a pre-adolescent boy, he is tied down while they use a tank to knock over a wall on him.
It is difficult to justify the United States military’s position on this subject. American troops should not be forced to defend these monsters.
We cannot be the great country that prides itself on doing what is just, while simultaneously enabling immoral practices.