The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced that practical measures have been taken to prevent the recruitment of people under the age of 18 into the ranks of the Afghan National Police force.
A statement issued by the MoI said they had established the Department of Homeland Security in accordance with the law, to closely monitor the conduct of the police and prevent the recruitment of minors into the force.
The Interior Ministry said that they had also created an “Eps” system to register the police force, and one of the goals of this system is to prevent the recruitment of underage children.
The statement said that so far, the specifications of 80% of the police forces have been recorded in this system.
On June 25, the U.S. State Department released their ‘Trafficking in Person Report’ and added Afghanistan to a list of nations doing nothing to stop child sexual slavery and the recruitment of child soldiers.
“There have been constant reports of child molestation by the army, police and local police, but officers have never been prosecuted for child molestation in Afghanistan,” the report said.
The report did say, the government has increased the number of Child Protection Units at Afghan National Police recruitment centres and have prevented 357 minors from enlisting.