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LINKS - MORE DETAILED BBC 2019/07/11   Are men the main target of sexual harassment in Iraq? By Megha Mohan and Haider Ahmed A survey for the BBC of the Arab world turned up an unexpected result in Iraq - more men than women reported having experienced verbal sexual harassment and physical sexual assault. Can this really be the case? Ecpat 2019/09/04   Iraq: Daesh’s retreat uncovered horrific cases of child sexual abuse Excerpt:  A dark picture of child sexual exploitation has emerged in areas occupied by the retreating Daesh forces in Iraq – says a new ECPAT report.  Years of conflict and instability have left children displaced and vulnerable to sexual exploitation – with many so desperate that they have no other option but to exchange sex for survival. In recent years, violence perpetrated by Daesh (also known as Da’esh, ISIS or ISIL), has displaced more than 3.3 million people in Iraq. Adding to that, the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria has forced 250,000 refugees across the border. Many children still remain in camps, struggling to survive in precarious economic situations. Children sexually exploited by camp authorities in exchange for food The report says children living in refugee or internally displaced people camps are at heightened risk of sexual exploitation. Prostitution rings have been uncovered, sometimes even operated by camp authorities. In those cases, they coerced women and children into providing sexual services in exchange for food or other supplies. Boys of all ages sexually exploited…In Iraq, boys are vulnerable to sexual exploitation as their movements in public spaces are less restricted than girls. Boys as young as seven have been lured into a situation of sexual exploitation by older boys and men with promises of candy, food or money.  Boys pushed to provide sexual services in order to receive full wages.  There’s also evidence that older boys face tremendous pressure to provide for their families. The scarcity of jobs is forcing them to work under exploitative conditions by being made to provide employers with sexual services in order to receive full wages. New York Times 2015/09/21   US soldiers told to ignore Afghan allies abuse of boys Dan Quinn was relieved of his Special Forces command after a fight with a U.S.-backed militia leader who had a boy as a sex slave chained to his bed.  The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias to help hold territory against the Taliban.  But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children.  …After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military.  Four years later, the Army is also trying to forcibly retire Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, a Special Forces member who joined Captain Quinn in beating up the commander.  “The Army contends that Martland and others should have looked the other way (a contention that I believe is nonsense),” Representative Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who hopes to save Sergeant Martland’s career, wrote last week to the Pentagon’s inspector general. Note:  In Afghanistan bacha bazi See also: Names of military who tried to do something or spoke out, including helping military people who spoke out: See separate page in Human Issues/Veterans/Honorable Acts-Afghan Sexual Abuse Issue HRW 2017/08/02   Afghanustans child sexual abuse complicity problem PBS 2010/04/20   Dancing Boys of Afghanistan Updates 2020/05/07 page moved from River Gold to Police Factor;  BBC-2019 and Ecpat-2019 articles added.
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