Segments in this Video

Working Children (04:32)


Around 4 million impoverished children in Pakistan start working at a young age, many living on the street. Children in Peshawar collect trash for recycling, working long hours. Two children describe their work and the ways men bother them or ask for sex.

Day Care Center (01:36)

Afzal Shah speaks with children who live on the street in Peshawar; he runs a center, where he feeds and cares for boys. Naeem explains that the people at the center care for and protect him and other boys. Funding is limited and most children cannot stay long.

Bus Driver Hostel (02:18)

At night, most of the boys sleep at the bus terminal, where a makeshift hostel is set up for the bus drivers. Hassan Din who runs the hostel, explains that drivers often take the boys by force and rape them. Naeem describes his experience of being kidnapped and raped after sleeping at the bus terminal.

Bus Drivers (02:56)

Transportation via trucks and buses is essential to the Peshawar economy. Much of the sexual abuse of street children takes place at bus stations. Hassan Din explains that he often arranges boys for the bus drivers for a higher price.

Raising Awareness of Child Abuse (03:26)

There is a tradition among drivers to keep boys permanently as apprentices, but they are prostitutes. Zia Awan explains that hundreds of children are raped and trafficked every day, but the subject is taboo and people do not believe it is happening. Articles about child sexual abuse are beginning to be published in Pakistani newspapers.

Heroin Use (06:12)

Naeem has struggled to survive after running away from home when his parents died. Right away, older men gave him heroin; many children are caught in a vicious cycle of drug addiction and prostitution to pay for drugs. Shah is helping Naeem get off drugs, but it is a challenge.

History of Abuse (04:44)

Naeem goes to a place common for pedophiles, and multiple men approach him for sex. Rukhsana Malik explains that boys are initially frightened by the abuse, then get used to it and realize they can earn money. Ghulam Qadri explains that the adult abusers often have a history of abuse themselves, and do not consider it a crime.

Gender Inequality (04:34)

Pakistani society's strict separation of sexes and low view of women has contributed to sexual abuse of young boys: women are rarely seen in public. A bus conductor argues that women should be kept at home in Islamic tradition, but he perpetuates child abuse though it goes against his religion. Malik explains the contradiction in the actions of many men, arguing that Islam is taught and practiced in a shallow way.

Barriers to Child Protection (02:15)

There are laws to protect children, but policemen do not enforce them. Politician Imran Khan expresses shame and shock at the rate of child sexual abuse in Pakistan; he explains that as poverty grows, children suffer the most. Terrorist attacks, which have killed many policemen, are the main focus.

Opportunity for Naeem (07:39)

Shah is worried about Naeem, who is harming himself; Naeem is often in danger in Peshawar. After being abused daily, he has also abused others, and is showing risk of suicide. Shah arranges for Naeem to go to a boarding school in Karachi, where he can recover.

Drug Rehabilitation Center (04:54)

Naeem travels to Karachi with a social worker, and when he arrives he is locked in a cell to overcome his drug addiction. He receives medical care and is relieved to find he is not HIV-positive. He spends time with the other residents and hopes to help street children when he grows up.

Visibility of Children's Plight (01:30)

Thousands of children still suffer from abuse on the streets of Pakistan, and politicians have no record of helping them. Khan explains that he will raise awareness of the issue and start a task force to address the crimes.

Credits: Pakistan's Hidden Shame (00:39)

Credits: Pakistan's Hidden Shame

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In Pakistan, 25 per cent of boys are sexually abused by older men before they reach 16 years of age. This powerful new observational documentary takes us into the lives of the child victims in the town of Peshawar, bordering Afghanistan. We also encounter the men behind this horrific practice and the police who turn a blind eye in return for bribes.

Length: 48 minutes

Item#: BVL154374

ISBN: 978-1-64481-088-0

Copyright date: ©2013

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