Force and coercion are common, and security officials state they are unable to end such practices because many of the men involved in bacha bazi-related activities are powerful and well-armed warlords.
A number of Western travellers through Central Asia have reported on the phenomenon of the bacchá.
Then someone's phone rang: The boy had been arrested by Afghan police while dancing at a wedding.
Jokes went around about the reception a delicate youth like the Chinoise could look forward to in a Kabul jail. At around midnight the host threw back a curtain and a dancer leapt through the doorway.
Those boys who escape often have no resources to fall back on, and many eventually end up returning to their former master.
In rare cases where a victim brings charges against his abuser, it is often the boy—lacking money and influence—who is sent to prison. raised the issue before Hamid Karzai, the president replied, "Let us win the war first.
Even the 16th century Mughal emperor Babur had a well-known ardor for catamites.Under the new government many former warlords were able to resume positions of influence, taking young boys as symbols of status and prestige.