Child Slavery on the Arabian Peninsula

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During a social visit to the home of another Saudi royal prince, the princess discovered a harem of young, captive slave girls. The girls had been purchased in South Asian and South-East Asian countries and were forced to provide sexual services for the prince and his friends. The princess had wanted to free them but was unable to do so. The Saudi princess was even more horrified when she later came upon three male members of her own family, all Saudi royal princes, brutally raping a young Pakistani girl one of them had bought and brought back to Saudi Arabia.

Traffickers have also sometimes been caught at Third World airports leaving for the Arabian Peninsula with their human cargo. In 2007, one was caught in Karachi with both a boy and a young, pregnant woman. He was headed for Oman where he planned to sell the boy as a camel jockey and the girl as a sex slave. Her unborn baby was also destined to become a camel jockey or a sex slave, according to Pakistani police, who claim pregnant women are being trafficked for the purpose of producing future slaves.

African-American author Samuel Cotton also stumbled upon the slave trade to the Arabian Peninsula in the 1990s when investigating slavery at the other end of the Islamic world in Mauritania. In his book Silent Terror: A Journey Into Contemporary African Slavery, Cotton was told by Mauritanian anti-slavery activists that there was “still a huge trafficking in slaves going on between Mauritania and the United Arab Emirates.” Cotton was also stunned to discover that black African children playing alone would be kidnapped by Arabs travelling on camels with big baskets, in which the children were placed. The children, he was told, are sometimes later found “hundreds of miles away as slaves.”

Unfortunately for its innocent victims, both present and future, the eradication of slavery on the Arabian Peninsula will be difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. It is an ingrained, centuries-old institution. And despite it being officially banned since the early 1960s, many fundamentalist Muslims there still view destroying innocent young lives as their legal right. Under sharia law, which governs Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, Muslims are legally allowed to own slaves. Bernard Lewis, the eminent scholar of Islam, writes “…the institution of slavery is not only recognised but is elaborately regulated by Sharia law.” Another reason for this inhuman sense of entitlement is that the prophet Muhammad was also a slave owner, setting the example for the fundamentalists.

Another problem that hinders eradication is that highly-placed officials responsible for enforcing the laws in Arabian countries probably own slaves themselves. One former black African slave girl, Mender Nazer, who escaped from slavery in London, England, belonged to a highly-placed official in the Sudanese embassy. Nazer was the second slave to escape from her Arab master’s household in the British capital and wrote an account of her years in bondage in Slave: My True Story.

But perhaps the greatest obstacle to abolishing slavery in places like the Arabian Peninsula and Mauritania is the mindset. In these countries, enslaving non-Arab human beings, including children, is simply viewed as the natural order of things. Concerning Mauritania, Cotton wrote: “The problem is that Mauritania’s Arabs sincerely believe that blacks are inferior and are born to be slaves.”  Without a doubt, the same kind of Arab supremacist thinking prevails in the Arabian Peninsula. In his book The Arabs As Master Slavers, author John Laffin probably comes closest to the truth about the reason for the continued existence of slavery in some Arab countries when he wrote “…there does exist in Arabs a need to dominate a subservient class…” 

Victims of child slavery also cannot look to the United Nations Human Rights Council for help. It contains despots and tyrants whose human rights records are just as bad as Mauritania’s and Saudi Arabia’s, as well as Islamic countries that bribe them and may be practising slavery themselves.

American and European leftists, who worked themselves into paroxysms of moral outrage over Mohammed al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy they claim was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, also have yet to exhibit the same level of empathy for child victims of the Arab slave trade. The reason they haven’t so far is that they want to maintain the image they have carefully constructed that Israel and America are the only oppressors in the Middle East and Arabs the victims. Admitting that Arabs are enslaving children would only undermine their propaganda campaign. The left also wants to keep the focus on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It has always been a useful weapon to use against the Untied States.

In the 1990s, Cotton called “the ignorance and apathy of America’s black leaders” shameful in regard to the Arab slave trade. Tragically for today’s child victims, this can be said about many other leaders outside America’s black community. It is a pity they do not possess even half the courage or resolve of an Azim Mai.

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  • esperantominoria

    For those who are interested in Joel Richardson's ideas check this out:

    "The 2nd Joel Richardson Interview,and he gives More Reasons why the Antichrist will be the Muslim Mahdi"


    A grim reality,but when one is used to it it seems normal.

    Check out:

    "BBC Video about Temporary Marriage in Iran:Habib(65) marries Leila(17)for 6 Months"

    "Oriana Fallaci,Italian Feminist,Atheist,Probably the World’s Most Famous Journalist,was Anti-Islam"

  • PhillipGaley

    The barbarism here mentioned—and, many of its variants which are not mentioned—would not be all that difficult to bring down. You'd have to rule with a rod of iron—which, with satellite positioning coupled with missiles could most easily be done: commence targeting of key people and places on a time schedule which would inculcate superstitious conditioning; open up employment offices where present occupiers of leadership positions might apply for work; turn the oil production and ports over to some company such as KBR; in a word, realize the elements of conquest.

    The lesser and barbarous nations are to continue only at the grace of those nations which are superior. And for this reason, the USA need put forth no reason whatsoever before working conquest on Iran or Saudi Arabia. And sure, people may die. That's a part of what conquest is all about, . . . When the Australian general first encountered the Buin People, in the presence of their leaders he caused a pig to be shot, and gave them to understand that, if there were any more heard about eating each other, the same means of death would be brought upon them. And, that's just how cannibalism came to an end in New Guinea.

    But, mired down with this present crowd of corrupt cowards and crooks, I think that, the only grave problem to be dealt with is, our own lack of decent resolve in a dearth of real leaders, . . .

    • StephenD

      Bravo! I think you are onto something here. But you are also correct in your assessment that a lack of resolve prevents us form doing anything positive.

  • Paul B.

    Superb article that sheds light on an evil situation.

  • StephenD

    Excellent post. I wonder what our State Department has to say about all this. Would they defer to the UN? Would they make a bold statement with ultimatums? Or will they condemn the actions, look for hope and change, blah, blah, blah.

    Why is it that whenever REAL leadership is needed by the US we are seen giving a speech and stepping back? If we truly stand for the best this world can offer why do we stand down to tyrants and slave traders? Woe to us that can do something to stop this but do not.

    Then again, I wouldn’t expect Obama to do anything against this since he has granted waivers for 4 countries to continue to receive US Tax Dollars in aid even though they use CHILD SOLDIERS. In this light, slavery may be the milder crime.

    • Patrick Notestine

      Obama or no US administration would openly condem Saudi Arabia. George W. Bush and his father both had and still have millons of dollars of buisness with the Saudi royal family.

      So this is not about Republican or Democrat. The Bush family has been in direct buisness with Saudi, Even going so far as to invest 500 millon in George W’s failing oil buisness when his father was president.

      • StephenD

        Wait. What?
        We're talking about Slavery and child soldiers and you go off on who has money in oil?
        None of that matters now. Obama is in office. Deal with it NOW. I have no love for the Bush family and what they may or may not have done. That is irrelevant to the issue at hand.

  • LindaRivera

    The founder of Islam, Mohammad, married a six year old child when he was in his fifties. Mohammad was a HUGE slave trader. Mohammad murdered/beheaded several hundred Jewish men because of the Jews enormous love for, and allegiance to our Wonderful Creator. The Jews refused to follow another god and the new religion of Mohammad. The Jews' wives and children were seized for slaves.

    Mohammad is regarded as the PERFECT man and role model for devout Muslims who follow their religion. And that is the problem. There is no love, no mercy, no compassion for innocent humanity in Islam.

    It is impossible for representatives from Muslim countries at the UN to protect the human rights of non-Muslims. The UN should be abolished. Americans and other non-Muslims should not be forced to finance the RABIDLY ANTI-HUMAN RIGHTS Muslim/Leftist dominated UN.

    • Patrick Notestine

      Very well stated. You stated facts about Islam that most are that know this are afraid to voice. From my years in the Kingdom I can honestly say. Everything you stated was true.

  • LindaRivera

    Hundreds of thousands of Black Sudanese Christian children and women have been taken for slaves by Sudan's Arab Muslims.

    Jihad Slavery in Sudan, with Dr Charles Jacobs

    May every slave be free one day!

  • Patrick Notestine

    I wrote about this in my book “Paramedic to the Prince”. As a Paramedic in Saudi Arabia, I treated these children who were lucky enough to be brought to the hospital. The traffic in these children is big buisness in the Middle East.
    Many never make it to the hospital when they fall and injure themselves while racing Camels. Most are just left to suffer and die.

    Check out the book on Amazon. It will open your eyes to the Middle East.

  • joy52

    It will take a great and brave person to at least keep their barbarism to the other side of the world. I don't expect them to change, because islam has ingrained inhumanity in them. Lucky ones who escape towards the light will get out.

  • UCSPanther

    Saudi Arabia "outlawed" slavery in the 1970s, but it was mainly for optics.

    Slavery is still practiced and tolerated on the Arabian peninsula, but in more "under the table" ways.

  • Ron Carnine

    An interesting read is Mark Twain's visit to a slave market recorded in his book "Innocents Abroad". I believe that he visited a slave market that had gone underground in Turkey and records how the slave girls were stripped naked so some fat, rich Arab could see what they were buying. It was horrible then, it is horrible now. How can the "powers that be" ignore such a disgusting practice that is part and parcel of Islamic behavior? Mohammed made the practice legitimate and though they swear it has been outlawed, they speak out of both sides of their mouths.

  • Jay

    Why anyone Black in America or Africa would ever think Islam is the black man's real religion is shocking. They do not know how badly Black Africans were treated, how it was the Arab Muslims who sold them to slavery.

    Why too would anyone from the Indian subcontinent/South Asia be Muslim either since millions of their people have been enslaved and continue to be enslaved.

  • mohammed

    lol !