Pentagon Opens Probe Into Sexual Abuse by U.S. Allies in Afghanistan | The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan | FRONTLINE | PBS


The Protection Division’s Inspector Normal’s workplace has opened an investigation into whether or not United States troopers had been discouraged from reporting the rape and sexual abuse of kids by their Afghan allies.

The investigation, introduced on Tuesday, comes 5 weeks after a New York Occasions report on American troopers who stated they had been advised to disregard when Afghan militia commanders and native police abused or raped younger kids — a apply identified in Afghanistan as bacha bazi, which interprets to “boy play.”

The investigation discovered that some U.S. troopers — like Capt. Dan Quinn and Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland — confronted disciplinary actions after disobeying what they stated was an unwritten rule within the navy to disregard the abuse. Each males obtained right into a battle in 2011 with an Afghan police commander who allegedly saved a boy chained to his mattress as a intercourse slave. The Military relieved Quinn of his command after the incident. It additionally sought to forcibly retire Martland, based on The Occasions. 

U.S. and coalition forces and the federal government of Afghanistan have relied on militias and highly effective warlords within the battle towards the Taliban, typically regardless of accusations of human rights violations or different prison exercise. The coverage of nonintervention within the case of kid abuse, was meant to keep up good relations with these allies.

In September, when the Occasions report was revealed, a spokesman for the American command in Afghanistan advised the newspaper that “allegations of kid sexual abuse by Afghan navy or police personnel could be a matter of home Afghan prison regulation.”

In a discover on Tuesday, the inspector common’s workplace stated its probe would concentrate on U.S. coverage surrounding allegations of kid intercourse abuse by Afghan safety forces, and whether or not there was any “steerage, casual or in any other case, to discourage reporting” such abuse.

The workplace stated it additionally plans to research what number of circumstances have been reported to U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, what motion was taken in these circumstances, and what coaching has been given on determine and reply to allegations of kid intercourse abuse.

FRONTLINE’s 2010 investigation, The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, discovered that bacha bazi, which was banned beneath the Taliban, had secretly been revived, despite the fact that it stays unlawful in Afghanistan. Journalist Najibullah Quraishi discovered highly effective Afghan males, a few of them warlords or former militia commanders who fought the Taliban, partaking within the apply. They might give the households of the boys cash in alternate for taking them and coaching them to “entertain” rich retailers and warlords.

Whereas a police chief advised Quraishi that anybody caught training bacha bazi could be “severely punished,” Quraishi later discovered cops and investigators at events watching the boys dance.

FRONTLINE takes viewers contained in the war-torn nation to disclose a disturbing apply that’s as soon as once more flourishing within the nation — the organized sexual abuse of adolescent boys.


Priyanka Boghani

Priyanka Boghani, Deputy Digital Editor, FRONTLINE



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