In Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Islamic world, this kind of behavior is broadly tolerated. Women are so devalued, men look to other men and boys for sexual pleasure. Also, the Qur’an promises not just virgins to the blessed, but boys like “scattered pearls”:
“Those are the ones brought near in the Gardens of Pleasure, a company of the former peoples and a few of the later peoples, on thrones woven, reclining on them, facing each other. There will circulate among them young boys made eternal with vessels, pitchers and a cup from a flowing spring.” — Qur’an 56:11-18
“And they will be given to drink a cup whose mixture is of ginger, a fountain within Paradise named Salsabeel. There will circulate among them young boys made eternal. When you see them, you would think them scattered pearls. And when you look there, you will see pleasure and great dominion.” — Qur’an 76:17-20
Doctors and medical staff have confirmed that at least seven boys, aged between 14 and 16, have been raped inside the so-called ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais.
In four of the cases the boys had been abused so brutally they required surgery. Three of them declined treatment, however, because of fear repercussions and losing their honour.
Medical volunteers based near Calais made the revelations to the Independent. They said that all of the boys had injuries consistent with the crimes they had reported. A General Medical Council (GMC) registered doctor later confirmed knowledge of all of the cases.
There was thought to be dozens of unaccompanied migrant children in the illegal ‘Jungle’ camp until recently, and in January, a senior representative of Europol estimated that 10,000 such children had gone missing within Europe.
The shocking revelations have led to fresh concerns around the lack of child protection in the camps, as well as the difficulty of policing the lawless settlement of stateless people.
Widespread crime and violence, which overspills into the nearby town, was part of the reason the southern side of the camp has now been dismantled. As demolition teams moved in, the camp descended into “guerrilla warfare”, with huts set on fire and journalists attacked.
“Refugee rights group says ‘73% of respondents have experienced first-hand police violence during their time in Calais’, tweeted the Channel 4 News journalist Alex Thompson yesterday.
“But they will not tell you Jungle migrants/refugees routinely attack trucks driving to the port. They routinely rob people entering the Jungle at knifepoint. And they routinely attack the police with stones and throwing other debris at them”, he added….