Afghanistan Ministor of Interior Hanif Atmar Attempted To Cover-Up U.S. DynaCorp Contractors Buying Boys For Sex

In a State Department leaked cable Afghanastan’s Ministor of the Interior Hanif Atmar requested the help of the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan to quash a story about DynCorp, which was under a U.S. government contract to train Afghan police about DynaCorp employee’s  buying drugs and little boys.

Those “dancing boys,” of course, are the bacha bazi, . Boys ages 8-16 who are hired away from their poor families for the entertainment of wealthier men. Officially they simply dress in up girls’ clothing and dance; unofficially they are bought and sold as sex slaves.

That an American contractor would be engaging in such activity is horrific.

The Washington Post in a  July 2009 article very briefly mentioned the scandal: “One effort to train Afghan civilian police has drawn attention from the State Department’s inspector general following incidents of questionable management oversight, including one instance in which expatriate DynCorp employees in Afghanistan hired a teenage boy to perform a tribal dance at a company farewell party and videotaped the event.”

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