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7 million, with an estimated 2 million refugees in Pakistan and 800,000 in Iran. The biggest ethnic group is the Pashtun people followed by Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Aimak, Turkmen, and Baloch. The Afghan legal system undertook several reconstructions during the 20th and early 21st centuries. Several constitutions have been implemented to coincide with regime changes, while the formal justice system has been influenced at specific times by widely different ideological, theological, and legal schools of thought.

They can reach as much as US$100,000 for a six-month appointment: an appointment that legitimately pays approximately US$360 over the six months. Corruption in Afghanistan runs deeper than the involvement of drug trafficking networks. Afghanistan is an overall hugely corrupt nation; in the World Bank’s report, “World Governance Indicators,” Afghanistan is placed in the lowest 1 percentile: the only state considered less able to control corruption is Somalia. A consequence of ongoing violent conflict, the existence of former warlords (many of whom profited from the illicit opiate trade during their conflicts with Soviet and Taliban forces) in state institutions and their illegitimate authority in rural areas, the lack of state influence in many areas, and ineffective institutional constraints on corruption is that a culture of impunity has arisen in which criminal networks are protected by corrupt state employees at all levels.

Human trafficking, forced servitude, and prostitution can be linked to the illicit opium industry as opium seed is offered on a credit basis by criminal organizations. If a debt | 9 cannot be repaid, for instance after a poor harvest, then it is not unknown for poor farmers to repay the debt with female members of the family. Violence against Women Violence against women is a persistent problem. S. State Department Human Rights Report, women suffer at the hands of their family members, police officials, and the general tolerance of violence in their communities.

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