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7,000 Pakistani kid camel jockeys stranded in Persian Gulf states

Islamabad, July 18, IRNA-As many as 7,000 Pakistani children being used as camel jockeys are stranded in the deserts of several Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

Over 10,000 children were being used as camel kids, and out of them 70 percent were Pakistanis and 30 percent Indians, Sri Lankans and Bangladeshis, The News daily reported on Monday.

It said that it would be one of the biggest challenges of Pakistani history of human smuggling that well over 7,000 children were flown out of the country on fake documents.

The matter echoed in the Parliament in recent months and the government, responding to the opposition's points of order, assured all measures would be taken to bring back Pakistani kids and put in place more efficient system to discourage smuggling.

The newspaper pointed out, quoting an official at the Ministry of Labour and Manpower that such illegal practice could not have taken place without the involvement of corrupt officials.

The government is also presenting a report to the Senate Standing Committee on Ministry of Labour and Manpower on Tuesday with more disclosures of miseries of innocent souls aged between 4 years and 16 years.

During last months, dozens of camel jockeys have been brought back from some Persian Gulf states. And, few of them were still in the official protective 'custody', as no one turned up to claim their custody.

Though, the report said, the United Arab Emirates banned using children up to 16 years old, still the practice is continuing and small kids are being used as camel jockeys for fun of spectators.

Reports say that usually in case of camel riding, children get their backbones twisted or bones broken, crippling their ability for lifetime.

... Payvand News - 7/18/05 ... --

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