Index World Press Photo
September 2011 | Edition Fifteen     

A young Afghan Batcha Bazi (Dancing Boy) performs a dance at a private party in a small city in the north of Afghanistan, November 22, 2008. A Batch Bazi is a young boy taken from his family to dance for male audiences. They are often sexually assaulted and are kept like concubines until the age of 20. Though officially the practice is prohibited, it has flourished recently due to the lawlessness of the country.

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