The United Arab Emirates Qatar, responding to complaints from human rights groups that the jockeys in its camel races are often kidnapped children, has switched to using robot jockeys.
ROBOTS have been used as jockeys in Qatar for camel races, a favourite sport in the Gulf which has faced widespread criticism over the use of young children from the Indian sub-continent in such races…
The children, mostly from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Pakistan, are then smuggled into the Gulf states.
They are often starved by employers to keep them light and maximise their racing potential. Mounting camels three times their height, the children – some as young as six – face the risk of being thrown off or trampled.