By Atia Abawi, CNN
October 27, 2009 — Updated 1721 GMT (0121 HKT)
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A young boy dressed in women’s clothing, his face caked in make-up, dances the night away for a crowd of men.
The bells on his feet chime away, mimicking the entertainment and sexual appeal of female dancers. But there is no mistaking his pubescent body and face as he concentrates, focusing on every step in order to please his master and his master’s guests.
This all played out in a video that CNN obtained from a person involved in the parties.
The boy is but one youth among many throughout the country forced into an age-old underground tradition known as “bacha bazi,” or “boy play,” in which young boys are taken from their families, made to dance and used as sex slaves by powerful men. The number of boys involved is unknown — the practice has been going on for centuries, in a country where such practices are overshadowed by conflict and war. Continue reading
Running in the Shadows
October 27, 2009
By IAN URBINA
ASHLAND, Ore. — She ran away from her group home in Medford, Ore., and spent weeks sleeping in parks and under bridges. Finally, Nicole Clark, 14 years old, grew so desperate that she accepted a young man’s offer of a place to stay. The price would come later.
They had sex, and he soon became her boyfriend. Then one day he threatened to kick her out if she did not have sex with several of his friends in exchange for money.
She agreed, fearing she had no choice. “Where was I going to go?” said Nicole, now 17 and living here, just down the Interstate from Medford. That first exchange of money for sex led to a downward spiral of prostitution that lasted for 14 months, until she escaped last year from a pimp who she said often locked her in his garage apartment for months. Continue reading
July 08 2009 at 12:04PM
By Fouzia van der Fort
Children are being smuggled underground to have sex with illegal miners who live and work in disused mine shafts, says the director-general for the Department of Mineral Resources, Advocate Sandile Nogxina.
Nogxina was presenting a departmental report to a public hearing on illegal mining at parliament on Tuesday.
Johnny Ramrock, secretary for the portfolio committee of mining, told the Cape Argus this was the first the committee had heard of underground sex work involving children.
Last month 86 bodies were recovered after an underground fire broke out in Harmony Gold’s disused Eland Shaft at Welkom in the Free State. and more than 300 illegal miners were arrested. Continue reading
Posted July 6th, 2009
Lebanon has the highest proportion of working kids aged 10 to 17 in the world, with over 100,000 children in the country who are victims of child labor and illicit trafficking. Rights groups say better coverage of the often misreported story could help inform people about the realities of child labor.
By SIMBA RUSSEAU
BEIRUT, July 6, 2009 (MENASSAT) — In Lebanon, there are over 100,000 children who are victims of child labor and illicit trade, vulnerable to exploitation and working in hazardous conditions. Lebanon has the highest proportion of working kids aged 10 to 17 in the world.
Omar is a 14 year-old shoe shiner from Syria. His hands, face and clothes are covered in dirt and he can sometimes be seen squatting in a corner on the sidewalk with a look of deep sadness.
Normally, he wanders up and down the different posh neighborhoods of Beirut, sometimes for eleven hours a day carrying a shoe cleaning kit while begging for clients. Continue reading
By Associated Press
7:17 AM MDT, July 1, 2009
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Aurora Police are looking for runaway girls who might have been forced into prostitution after arresting a man they suspect was pimping girls using online ads.
An undercover investigation led to an arrest Tuesday of 24-year-old Bobby James Doss. Detectives are holding Doss on charges of pimping a child after tracking a girl through an online sex ad. She told investigators she was a runaway working as a prostitute for Doss.
Authorities say they suspect more girls may be involved. The girl they interviewed Tuesday is in protective custody, and Doss is being held without bond.
While interviewing the underage prostitute at a hotel room, police arrested her suspected john, 37-year-old B A C.
Original at KDVR