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The News Minute | September 4, 2014 | 2.35 pm IST

While Pakistan is undergoing a revolution of sorts against its ruling party, there is another aspect of the country that not many speak of – the sexual exploitation of thousands of its street children.

Of approximately four million children forced to work due to poverty, over a million of them are lured into the world of sexual abuse from men, said theDaily Mail.

Despite the presence of laws to protect children, while focus has been more on Taliban attacks and its likes, this growing problem has not been given importance by the police.

Ijaz, a bus conductor admits in the video ( below) that he has raped 12 different children. But like Ijaz, a survey of 1800 men showed that atleast 33 per cent of them felt that far from being a crime it was not even a wrong thing, said the report.

“The first time I sold myself, I didn’t even have any money,” said Naeem in the video. He was only eight and half years old then. Addicted to heroin, he cuts himself to deal with his anger.

A man who does business in renting beds and boys for men said 'There's often a kid wandering the streets alone. We tell these boys we'll provide food and shelter if they come with us. That's how we lure them in.," said the report explaining that most abusers are bus drivers. 

Such abuse on young children leaves a scar on them; a Save the Children report found that one of ten children are murdered by men abusing them, said the Daily Mail. Sadly, the cycle of abuse continues as other children grow up to become abusers themselves, among them 13-year-old Naeem, said the report. 

In the video, Imran Khan, the former governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa says that it is one of the most “sad and shameful aspects of our society.” 


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