Camel Racing Robots Protect Human Rights

Camel racing in the Middle East is big business, and the sport has worked for over a decade to replace all the jockeys with robots, However, in a twist this is a very good thing.

As races became more competitive and prize money grew, many camel owners began to use lightweight children as jockeys, some as young as 2 or 3, importing them from countries like Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan. Falls and critical injuries were common. Trading, bartering and kidnapping of child jockeys, as well as accusations of physical and sexual abuse, were frighteningly frequent, too. At one point, it was estimated that 40,000 child jockeys were being used across the Persian Gulf.

The “robots” are essentially remote-controlled whips strapped to the back of camels.

The Dewalt power drill is the heart and lungs of the modern robot jockey; shop workers like Raheem and Jameel order the drills in bulk and use them, and their rechargeable batteries, to construct the core of each robot.

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