Fez - As a Moroccan, I was, for a long time, tricked by the much reiterated sentence “Morocco is the best country in the world” that our media, especially 2M and Al-Oula TV channels, propagated and publicized for unknown reasons.
Fez – As a Moroccan, I was, for a long time, tricked by the much reiterated sentence “Morocco is the best country in the world” that our media, especially 2M and Al-Oula TV channels, propagated and publicized for unknown reasons.
Despite the various social phenomena that tear our society apart, I – certainly like many other people – was duped to believe that all is fine in Morocco. However, the denial of some phenomena and the claim that they are limited, exceptional and under control is just like the policy of the ostrich that buries its head in the sand when it’s in danger.
A few weeks ago I conducted a small research and wrote an article on sexual tourism in Morocco. During my research, I came across harrowing numbers and statistics that attest to the fact that Morocco has turned to be one of the best destinations for those seeking to pour out their sexual feelings and sate their libidinous desires from around the world.
What puzzles me is that the issue of pedophilia and sex tourism is almost absent in our public media. Also, I haven’t heard of any parliamentary delegate broaching this issue in the parliament recently. The only efforts that should be acknowledged and encouraged in this context are those by some NGOs and associations like “Association Don’t Touch my Child.”
After the report made by the French channel M6 on sex tourism in Marrakech, this time a Dutch channel lately showed a program on children sexual tourism and pedophilia in the city of Marrakech that is described in the report as “Bangkok of Africa” or “Mecca of pedophilia” and the city “where you can get everything.”
The report shows a group of Spanish journalists with a hidden camera roaming in the famous square of Jamaa Al-Fna where snake charmers, jugglers, musicians, monkey-tamers, and henna women entertain the visitors but also where pimps and pedophiles break all the laws and trade in children’s bodies.
A journalist asks a henna woman, who is actually a pimp, about the ages of the children “sold” in Jamaa Al-Fna and she confirms that they range between 10 and 13 years old.
The report interviews the director of Defense for Children International and chair of the Dutch Children’s Rights Coalition Mr. Stan Meuwese. He contends that Morocco has fertile soil and appropriate conditions for children sex tourism and pedophilia. Among the causes of this phenomenon he mentions sharp class distinctions, the lenience of the penal code, the impracticability of laws, and the lack of children’s rights culture. All of these conditions seem to exist in the case of Marrakech.
The report shows a Spanish pedophile called José who travels almost monthly to Morocco to have sex with children. Talking about his experience, José disdainfully says: “You should use them the way you like and then throw them away.
Don’t hesitate to do that. The same like what you do with tissue paper; you use it and then you throw it. They will cry and try to get your sympathy but they are liars. They are liars and thieves and they master the art of sex. This is truth. They are the best on bed!”
As a Moroccan, I feel deeply sorry for Morocco and for the historic city of Marrakech; the capital of Al-Moravids and Al-Mouahds. The scene of Al-kotoubiya minaret and the captivating voice of the muezzin calling for prayer in the middle of the report is so much telling! When shall the authorities wake up and ban these demeaning practices that spoil the reputation of our beloved country? We are waiting for the answer…..
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