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The abused teenagers covered their faces, while their mother gave an interview about the incident in the central region of Husain Khan Wala, Punjab province on August 9.

Residents of the central village of Husain Khan Wala, Punjab province, say a prominent family in the area has been forcing children to have sex for years and then recording videos to sell or extort money from the victims’ impoverished families.

Rubina Bibi said her 13-year-old son was a victim.

`My son appears in those videos, he is a victim,` Reuters quoted Bibi as saying.

Another mother, Shakila Bibi, also said: `I went to the police station to file a complaint but instead of receiving the report, they detained my son.`

If the investigation concludes that the police were negligent or complicit, this scandal could seriously damage the Punjab provincial government led by the brother of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Regional police chief Rai Babar said the force will handle the case decisively.

`I would like to assure you that we are taking the matter very seriously and will investigate fairly and transparently,` he said.

The Independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan issued a statement saying that efforts to cover up and falsify information should be strongly condemned and investigated.

On August 9, Prime Minister Sharif also announced that `the perpetrators will be punished most severely`.

Threaten to kill

Attorney Latif Sra, who represents some of the victims, said he has met directly with hundreds of parents who have not filed formal complaints out of fear or shame.

Police arrested seven suspects, but downplayed the scale of the child abuse case and said a land dispute led to the allegations.

Activist Mobeen Ghaznavi said he had 130 clips containing pedophile images.

`People are afraid. They are being threatened,` he said.

Suraiya Bibi said the abusers threatened her family when she filed a police report.

`One day, some women in the village showed me those videos. My son appeared in them. My world collapsed,` Bibi said.

In one clip, a boy cowers and cries before raising his hand to the camera lens.

Three 15-year-old boys said they had been abused for many years.

`He threatened that if I didn’t listen, he would kill me on the spot,` one boy said.

An 18-year-old boy said he was abused since he was 10 years old.

`One day, while I was going to school, those guys caught me and beat me severely. Then they drugged me, and when I woke up, they showed me the videos they had made of me,` he said.

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