Children were taken for the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi", or paedophilic exploitation, in Western-backed security forces. Their testimonies shine a rare spotlight on the anguished, solitary struggles to free sons, nephews and cousins from a tradition of culturally-sanctioned enslavement and rape. Shirin recalled how his 13-year-old brother-in-law screamed and writhed as he was taken from his home earlier this year by a police commander in southern Helmand." Often the only escape for enslaved bachas is to make a deal with the Taliban: 'Liberate me and I will help you get my abuser's head and weapons'. -tolerance for child abusers in security ranks. But Uruzgan government spokesman Dost
"With little legal recourse and a culture of silence and impunity, many families have abandoned hope. The lucky ones may know someone in authority, whose ad hoc intervention can force an abuser to relinquish their child. Two weeks after Haji Mohammad's 11-year-old son was snatched by a commander in Helmand's Babaji area, he turned to a known intelligence official for help." I want the boy back within three days or there will be consequences,'" the mosque imam recalls the official telling the commander by telephone. The boy was released after 18 days, limping back to his father, terrified and scarred. Mohammad's family, traced by AFP to a location outside Helmand, bemoaned a lack of psychosocial support for the boy, still visibly traumatised two years after he was taken." Nayab said, explaining that police serve as a pivotal first line of defence against insurgents.But for campaigners like Charu Lata Hogg, a London-based fellow at the Chatham House think-tank, citing security as an excuse for inaction is unconscionable.
Charu Lata Hogg, a London-based fellow at the Chatham House think-tank