Pir Wadhai, a major bus station between Rawalpindi and the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, does not only offer transport to passengers, but a little extra.
A boy who works at one of the Pir Wadhai’s hotels, said he sometimes serviced up to 10 clients per night. “Oh please, whatever you want to do with me, do it… But be quick, I’m in a hurry!”
These children have no idea what they are getting themselves into and are more often than not coerced into sexual exploitation by adults. One of the bus driver, said that they just ‘did not have time to adopt safe sex measures’.
Pornographic materials is often introduced in an attempt to make it seem normal to the child. It is considered as a part of learning to become a mechanic.
Why do we do this? Why aren’t we willing to protect our boys and stand up for them?
Sexual assault is not an individual problem. It does not concern only those affected, only those victimised and their loved ones. It is not merely the concern of the law enforcement and legal systems. It is an urgent social problem that affects all of us.