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The ancient practice of organized sexual abuse of young boys is once
again flourishing in Afghanistan, according to a Frontline investigation
scheduled to air Tuesday night on PBS.
In "The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan," says a news release from the program, "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."
The secret resurgence of this practice, which was banned by the Taliban, arrives as the United States deepens its commitment to war-ravaged Afghanistan. In tonight's program, Quraishi will speak with the young boys and the powerful men who exploit them.
Watch a preview below.