Saturday 18 November 2017

Child camel jockeys used despite ban

CHILDREN as young as 10 are working as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates despite a law banning underage riders, new photos reveal.

The youngsters competed in a festival last month racing at 30mph around a track in Abu Dhabi, according to Anti-Slavery International.

Observers saw one child narrowly escape being trampled at an event attended by dignitaries and uniformed police officers.

The UAE banned under-18s from the sport in 2005 after youngsters had been killed or hurt, suffering head and spinal injuries and damaged genitals. The use of children as jockeys is punishable by up to three years in prison. (© Independent News Service)

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