Thursday, September 14, 2006

Slavery in the Middle East

Camel racing is a big sport in the Emirates, and chilf slavery seems to go hand in hand with the sport. Arabs have been slavers for centuries and the practice is still alive and well. The Sudan seems to be one of the suppliers, and it is known that slavery exists there.

A legal case has been filed in a US district court alleging that the governor of Dubai and his brother enslaved about 30,000 children over the past 30 years for use as camel jockeys.

The claim, which is based on international laws banning slavery and child labour, names Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Governor of Dubai and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as others.

The brothers, who are among the world’s most famous racehorse owners, are accused of trafficking boys as young as 2 from Bangladesh, Sudan and southern Asia. Read More.

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