Most of us think that slavery is a thing of the past, after what I watched on Real Sports this morning I just about puked! The reason apparently "we" do not ?do? anything is because of the sheiks and agreements the US has with the government.
Camel racing, the oldest and most venerated sport in the , is a draw for some of the region's wealthiest sheiks, whose stables compete for grandiose prizes. Hidden behind lavish spectacles, however, is a disturbing reality. The tiny jockeys who compete in these races are victims of a horrible slave trade, all young boys who have been kidnapped or sold into slavery as mere infants. In addition to enduring inhumane living conditions and beatings, the boys are intentionally starved to keep their weight down. Weak from undernourishment, some are maimed or killed while trying to pilot the 1500-pound camels. Using hidden cameras, REAL SPORTS travels to the United Arab Emirates for a special expanded report on the perilous lives of camel jockeys and the pitiless human traffickers that exploit them (in all ways possible). Correspondent Bernard Goldberg interviews John Miller, a State Department ambassador at large, to determine whether the government is doing enough to stop the practice in this tense political climate.