The good news: Engineers have developed neat little robots that ride camels. The great news: Child jockeys are being phased out of the Middle East's racing industry. Launch Photo Gallery
By Megan MillerPosted 06.22.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Camel racing has long been popular in the Middle East, but the sport has come under scrutiny for its practice of employing little boys as jockeys. Many of these children were kidnapped or otherwise illegally brought into employment in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from foreign countries, including Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Faced with pressure from human-rights groups, Qatar has outlawed the practice of hiring child jockeys and passed a law requiring all riders to be at least 18 years of age.