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Bacha Bazi, translated to 'playing with boys', refers to the 'dancing boys of Afghanistan'. This is a disturbing aspect of an ancient tradition of Afghan culture that although hidden from most westerners seems to continue in practice in Afghanistan. Bacha Bazi was banned during the Taliban rule and is illegal under current Afghan law; but law enforcement authorities do not enforce the law. The practice of Bacha Bazi is depicted in the recent novel The Kite Runner.

In the southern province of Uruzgan, the practice of Bacha Bazi is very prevalent among Afghan National Police checkpoints and district centers. The Taliban have been accused of using 'honey trap' boys to set up insider attacks of police in Uruzgan province.

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Bacha Bazi by Wikipedia

Videos about Bacha Bazi

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan", PBS Frontline, April 20, 2010.

Publications about Bacha Bazi

DoD IG, Implementation of the DoD Leahy Law Regarding Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse by Members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, Inspector General - U.S. Department of Defense, November 16, 2017.

CRS, Legal Obligation of U.S. Armed Forces to Intervene in Acts of Bacha Bazi in Afghanistan, Congressional Research Service, posted on Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), October 22, 2015.

News Reports of about Bacha Bazi

January 29, 2018. "Afghan ambassador: Abuse of boys is illegal", USA Today.

December 3, 2017. "US Troops to be Trained on Reporting Child Sex Abuse by Afghans",, December 3, 2017.

November 26, 2017. "Pentagon tried to block independent report on child sex among Afghan forces, Senate office says", The Washington Post, November 26, 2017.

January 8, 2017. "Behind the shame and silence", by Anuj Chopra, L'Agence France-Presse (AFP).

October 13, 2015. "National Security, Pragmatism, and Human Rights", The Medium. An Army officer says that "failing to prevent our allies from recreationally kidnapping and raping Afghan boys will hinder the United States' efforts in Afghanistan".

August 23, 2014. "Bacha Bazi: The Tragedy of Afghanistan's Dancing Boys", The Diplomat.

April 3, 2014. "Forgotten No More: Male Child Trafficking in Afghanistan", Hagar International.

March 19, 2014. "State Department: Sexual Abuse of Boys on the Rise in Afghanistan". CNS News.

October 29, 2013. "An Afghan Tragedy: The Pashtu practice of having sex with young boys". The Independent. Afghanistan's subculture of paedophilia is one of the country's untold shames.

October 28, 2013. "Bacha Bazi: An Afghan Tragedy", Foreign Policy. Report says that bacha baazi has grown rampant since 2001 when the Taliban were toppled by U.S. forces.

December 10, 2010. "Afghan sex practices concern U.S., British forces". Washington Examiner. News report reveals that a Human Terrain Team member (Anna Maria Cardinalli) wrote a report entitled Pashtun Sexuality discussing the Bacha bazi practice among Pashtuns. 1.

September 8, 2010. "The sexually abused dancing boys of Afghanistan". BBC News South Asia.

August 29, 2010. "Afghanistan's dirty little secret". SF Gate.

September 11, 2009. "The dancing boys of Afghanistan". The Guardian.

November 20, 2007. "Boys in Afghanistan Sold Into Prostitution, Sexual Slavery". Digital Journal.





1. The report, Pashtun Sexualty, Human Terrain Team (HTT) AF-6, May 15, 2009 can be accessed on the Public Intellignece website at the link below.

2. See "Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police', by Anuj Chopra, Yahoo! News, June 16, 2016.

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