Child Slave Camel Jockies

Child Slave Camel Jockies

Small children, many as young as 4 or 5 years old - and there were reportedly even cases involving infants of merely several months - were brought, or bought, from the poorer countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sudan to work as child camel jockeys. It is rightly condemned as a form of child trafficking. Poverty stricken parents in those countries would sell off their young kids to work in the Gulf States.

The child was then trained to be a camel jockey. To keep him in "good" shape as a camel jockey, the child was often starved so as to keep his weight down. It has been reported that some were only fed two biscuits or some bread and water each day, and made to work 18 hours a day. Those who still managed togain a few unwanted pounds would be made to under with weights on their back. These children were kept as virtual prisoners in desert camps, known as ousbahs, barricaded and barb-wire fenced, living with the camels and under the watchful eye of their trainers.

There have also been reports of sexual abuse.

As they took part in the races, they frequently sustained injuries, sometimes serious injuries to their neck and arms. Some got trampled after falling off their camels. Some died from their injuries.

The result of their treatment is that these children become stunted in their growth both physically and mentally.

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