Russian documentary; Afghan elders still recruiting ‘bacha boys’ for sex

56db1ed4c461889b328b4576Due to the Obama Administration’s long standing official policy of looking the other way while our Afghan allies rape young boys, one of Russia’s largest news organizations is releasing a documentary on the plight of “bacha boys” in the war-torn Central Asian nation. As reported in the Moscow-based RT.com news portal on Mar. 5, 2016, their just under 30-minute long documentary entitled “They Don’t just Dance…The Afghan tradition of recruiting young boys for sex” has just been released and comes with the warning at the very beginning of the film that the documentary contains “images and subject matter that viewers may find disturbing.”

True to their word, the quite disturbing video depicts Afghan pimps, who refer to themselves as “playboys,” recruiting young boys to initially act as either dancers or “tea boys” for leering older Afghan men. As the Russian news site noted, after classes in dancing, makeup and how to dress as a woman, the bacha boys present themselves by dancing and looking as feminine as possible at male-only parties.

As reported, the private party usually ends up with guests bidding for a night with the bacha. According to a local playboy identified only as Japar made clear, a bacha should be about 12, 13 or 15 years old to be recruited. “People like these ages,” he noted, adding that business owners “support” their boys until their “sell-by-date” expires, at about 25-years-old.

With the notion of systematic rape of pubescent boys repugnant to the vast majority of Americans and likewise with our Western allies with us in Afghanistan, the official American policy of ignoring the problem has both resulted in dead Marines, at least one severely wounded Leatherneck, and a string of ruined military careers. One of the more bizarre cases concerns a Marine Corps Reserve officer facing getting the boot from his beloved Corps on a singular charge that Hillary Clinton has been accused of doing thousands of times.

Initially reported by Fox News late in 2013, full-time fire fighter and Marine Corps Reserve Major Jason Brezler from New York City was facing at the time what could loosely be translated as the military version of a Grand Jury Hearing stemming from his using an unsecured e-mail account to warn fellow Marines that a high placed Afghan police commander, Sarwar Jan, of being suspected of both posing a security risk as well as participating in pedophilia at US military installations in the area. While serving in the Taliban hotbed of Helmand Province, Maj. Brezler responded to an urgent request from other Marines concerning the status of Sarwan Jan, who was routinely allowed open access to American bases as part of the Afghan Transition Team.

Major Brezler warned other Marines with his knowledge of the Afghan official’s shady security and sexual background. But the Major’s major faux pas was that he used his Yahoo e-mail account to get the word out. For using his personal e-mail, the combat veteran was initially under threat of essentially facing dismissal from the Corps under less than honorable conditions.

As reported by Fox News, “there is no evidence immediate action was taken” regarding Major Brezler’s warning that Jan was someone deserving of at least a closer eye, if not outright increased security precautions. Still without anyone acting on the Major’s input, a few months later one of Jan’s “teen-aged boy assistants” who was also suspected of being one of his sexual abuse victims, opened fire on four Marines, killing three.

Staff Sergeant Scott Dickinson, Corporal Richard Rivera and Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr. were all gunned down while lifting weights in a makeshift gym on base. Somehow, Staff Sgt. Cody Rhode suffered five gunshot wounds at close range and managed to survive.

Meanwhile, Marines aren’t the only ones getting the dirty end of the stick regarding “respecting Afghan cultural norms.” One Special Forces officer and a singular senior enlisted Special Forces soldier have seen their military careers derailed because they made the decision to stop the sexual slavery, at least the sexual slavery that was condoned on American military outposts.

As noted by The New York Times during September of 2015, Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain gave quite the severe beat down to an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. Not alone, Sgt. First Class Charles Martland assisted the captain in administering the somewhat violent counseling session to the Afghan commander.

After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military. The Army is also trying to forcibly retire Sgt. First Class Charles Martland for attempting to bring the sexual slavery to an end.

As previously published by Examiner.com, multiple specific sources ranging from the Wall Street Journal to the San Francisco Chronicle note there has been a long time move by the United States Government to look the other way at the self-admitted fact that both the oppression of women and pedophilia are part of “Afghan cultural norms.” Listed among the “taboo” subjects of conversation for American troops deployed to the Central Asian nation include;

  •     Any criticism of pedophilia
  •     Mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct
  •     Advocating women’s rights
  •     Anything related to Islam

As also cited, Joel Brinkley of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote in his August, 2010 article titled “Afghanistan’s dirty little secret”:

  •     Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy’s father.
  •     Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to ‘touch and fondle them.’
  •     For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers.
  •     Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are ‘bacha baz’, the term for an older man with a boy lover.
  •     Literally it means ‘boy player.’ The men like to boast about it.