Camel Jockeys

Two years ago Yousuf Sadiq, then eight years old, and his brother Suleman, 7, were sold by their father for the sporting fun of a wealthy Gulf sheik. An agent who scours the poor villages and nomad camps of southern Pakistan bought the diminutive brothers to race camels in the United Arab Emirates. They fit the agents' ideal: aged between five and eight and weighing less than 17 kilos apiece.

Smuggled on false documents to Dubai from Karachi airport, the brothers were put on a regimen of white beans, and beaten regularly. They joined many other boys: the...

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