In Qatar, high-tech solution to a human rights problem: This is so strange that I almost think it’s a hoax. Qatar camel racing will start using robot racers in 2007. They want to ban the practice of using children, which seems to be a disturbing problem:
Activists say there are about 40,000 boy jockeys, some as young as 4, who are either bought from their parents or kidnapped from their home countries and taken to the Gulf to ride. The boys live in bleak conditions and are underfed before races to keep their weight down.
There was a picture in the print version of the USAToday, but I can’t find one on the Web (I didn’t look that hard…). If someone can find a picture of Kamel, as they’re calling it, please post it.