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The Shocking Violations of Children's Rights
(Special Reports - 2003)

Disappointingly, in June 2003, the US Government commended the UAE for its efforts against trafficking, including children as camel jockeys, in its Trafficking in Persons Report. Children Trafficked as Camel Jockeys Despite UAE Promise

Prosecutions of violators of the ban have yet to occur, notes Anti-Slavery International. Video footage shot by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in February 2003 showed that use of children for camel races still continues. 
Human Trafficking in the UAE

South Asia correspondent Geoff Thompson travels to Dubai to report on the Sport of Sheikhs Ė It is a story the leaders of this Gulf state didnít want told. UAE Camel Jockeys (Part-1)

The next morning a UAE government minder took us to film a race but through a bungled arrangement, we were taken to a race we were not meant to see. There were young boys everywhere, some barely beyond toddler age.
Human Trafficking in the UAE (Part II)

s a camel jockey in the United Arab Emirates' glitzy port city, Ibrahim was just a tiny cog in a vast, popular sports industry, and like the other 20-odd boys in his dormitory, he was a child slave. Protests were treated with a sound whipping with the sticks used for the camels, and then it was back to the races for the tiny lads. ABC News - Human Cargo

children sold into slavery as camel racers The trade in boys for camel racing has long been the subject of a campaign by both the UN and Anti-Slavery International. Evidence, however, suggests the practice is becoming more prevalent. The Observer Report. Hidden horror behind the racetracks of the Emirs  

The tradition of camel racing in the UAE is hundreds of years old but the sadistic and pre-meditated choice of innocent children as jockeys is a recent practice dating back to the early 70s.  Menace of Child Smuggling

In an editorial protest, The Daily Star newspaper declared: "What could be more of an outrage than such willful cruelty towards a minor?" The Dhaka daily urged both the Bangladesh and Middle Eastern governments to take drastic steps to halt the abuse and what it called the "entertainment of the rich." Breaking their backs on a camel, for others' entertainment

Further evidence that the new ban is not being implemented was clearly seen in a documentary broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on 25 February 2003.
Trafficking and forced labour of children in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

This site was originally produced by a British teacher in the UAE who, like you are doing now, asked himself "what can I do about it?". He took some photos at the local camel exercising track and produced this web site. Click the link at: Camel Jockeys in the Middle East 

UNICEF believes that the protection of children is crucial to their survival, health, and well-being. Unfortunately, millions of children are exploited, millions are abused, millions are victims of violence. Every day, they are bought and sold, imported and exported like consumable things. What is Child Protection?

Every year, scores of kidnapped children are smuggled from South Asia to the Middle East where they are maimed and killed, all for the amusement of the oil-rich rulers of kingdoms on the camel racing circuit. Death in Dubai 

If you post your views to a forum or send an email to a newspaper, it wont end the practice tomorrow, but it certainly wont do any harm. If you would like to help to end the exploitation of children then check out Some of the links

Young boys, some as young as 3 years old, are kidnapped from Bangladesh and other poverty stricken countries. They are sold to the UAE to become jockeys in the dangerous sport of camel racing. 

Many children die before the race is over, either from fear, being tossed by the camel, or by being dragged to death after being dislodged from the rope that is meant to hold the child in place. Death in the desert for Pakistan's camel children

Voices of three children joined the silent cries of the little Bangladeshi children working as camel jockeys in the Gulf countries. Camel racing is one of the ... Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association


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Further information:

UNICEF Child Protection 

Trafficking in Persons Report

Anti-Slavery International.

International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour

Worst Forms of Child Labour Data

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