Society and norms – Crime, Vice and Trafficking in Persons: Trafficking in Persons

Afghan boy orphans

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Afghanistan is a source, transit and destination country for trafficking for men, women and children.  Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are key destination countries. Poor and orphaned children, of which there are many in Afghanistan, are most susceptible to being trafficked.

Girl Crying

Male children are trafficked both internally and externally, and forced into indentured servitude or for sexual exploitation.  Children are trafficked internally as beggars, indentured servants and sex slaves.  Young males may be forced to work in brick and carpet making.  Young women are often sold into marriage or sexual exploitation.

Prostitution is illegal but rampant. In accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice, U.S. armed forces and DoD civilians are prohibited from engaging in any form of prostitution.

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