Director Mohammed Naqvi,and British producer Jamie Doran’s film Pakistan’s Hidden Shame depicts the shocking reality of sexual abuse faced by small boys in the Northern areas of Pakistan.
The documentary premiered on September 1 on Britain’s Channel 4 and shows the “dark reality of a society living in denial.”
Set mainly in Peshawar, the film shows homeless boys of different ages recalling their experiences of sexual exploitation.
In an interview with CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, the director of the documentary told her what puts children at risk in Pakistan and around the world.
“Pedophiles by their very nature are inadequate, it’s about power over children.”
“Where these individuals are able to use and abuse vulnerable children, Pakistan in particular because of the poverty. That’s one of the other factors that really plays here.”