Above 1,800 Pakistani child jockeys still in Middle East
ISLAMABAD, September 27 2005: About 2,600 camel jockeys are still in the Middle East of whom 70 per cent (more than 1,800) are said to be Pakistani, State Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Tariq Azim Khan told Dawn on Monday September 26.
He said Unicef would pay an amount of $3 million to Pakistan for repatriation and rehabilitation of the jockeys belonging to Pakistan.
He said a delegation of Unicef had arrived in the country to present the rehabilitation package under which the children would be rehabilitated and educated, imparted technical training and sent abroad on work visas after they reach the age of 18, the minister added.
Mr Khan said some 400 Pakistani children who were being used as camel jockeys had returned to the country as a result of the efforts of his ministry and the interior ministry.
He said of 2,600 camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates, 70 per cent were Pakistanis and the rest belonged to India and Bangladesh.
The present government, he said, was committed to eliminate the menace of human smuggling, especially smuggling of children. He said the staff of immigration and passport and of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), deployed at airports, had been given the latest equipment to foil human trafficking attempts.