Ultima Thule

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Reunited: boys saved from slavers - Sunday Times - Times Online

By Aussiegirl

Let's not forget that slavery has long been a staple of Muslim history, indeed the black slaves captured and imported into the Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries were sent there in large part by Arab Muslim slave traders. It's heartening to see that they are keeping up their old traditions. The Arab Slave trade began in the 7th Century AD and according to many sources, ended in 1911. It looks like reports of their demise were premature.

Reunited: boys saved from slavers - Sunday Times - Times Online

A SENIOR member of an Islamic organisation linked to Al-Qaeda is funding his activities through the kidnapping of Christian children who are sold into slavery in Pakistan.
The Sunday Times has established that Gul Khan, a wealthy militant who uses the base of Jamaat-ud Daawa (JUD) near Lahore, is behind a cruel trade in boys aged six to 12.

They are abducted from remote Christian villages in the Punjab and fetch nearly £1,000 each from buyers who consign them to a life of misery in domestic servitude or in the sex trade.

Khan was exposed in a sting organised by American and Pakistani missionaries who decided to save 20 such boys and return them to their homes. Using a secret camera, they filmed him accepting $28,500 (£15,000) from a Pakistani missionary posing as a businessman who said he wanted to set up an operation in which the boys would beg for cash on the streets.


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