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    Can't get the kids to pick up after themselves ?
    Tired of doing it all alone ?

    No problem !
    Just ship them off to the lovely granite mines of Nigeria for some extra training.




    POSTED AT 8:41 AM EDT Thursday, October 16

    Child labourers freed from granite pits


    Associated Press

    Cotonou, Benin
    Seventy-four child
    workers as young as
    four years old —
    their skin broken and
    palms callused from
    months of hauling
    granite — were
    receiving food, clothes
    and medical care in the
    west African state of
    Benin on Thursday
    after rescue from the
    traffickers who sold
    them into heavy labour.

    Children told their
    rescuers that at least
    13 of their young
    companions had died in
    the past three months
    — worn out by
    smashing and carrying
    rocks and sleeping,
    without adequate food,
    in the open, UN officials said.

    “We would break the stones, and the men would come take them
    away in trucks,” one rescued boy, thin, filthy and heavily
    scratched, told Associated Press. He looked no more than 10.

    Authorities blocked most access to the children by reporters, and it was
    not possible to get the boy's name.

    Nigerian police returned the children to Benin late Wednesday, ending
    what Nigerian federal police inspector-general Tafa Balogoun said had
    been more than a year of work in the granite pits.

    Tiny boys in dirty T-shirts and shorts, or bare-chested, the children hung
    out the windows of the buses that brought them back to their home
    country, staring solemnly.

    Health workers were treating the children Thursday at a stadium in
    Cotonou, seaside capital of the port city of Benin.

    “The children must be washed, dressed and allowed to rest a little
    before social workers can start interviewing them to find their parents
    and return them to their families,” a Benin official, Latoundji
    Lauriano, said.

    The children were returned under an August agreement between
    Presidents Mathieu Kerekou of Benin and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria.

    The first such rescue under the pact came Sept. 27, when authorities
    brought back 116 children who had been put to work in the southeast
    Nigeria granite industry.

    Child labour and cross-border labour-trafficking are not rare in West Africa
    — but rescue is. According to Nigerian police, more than 15,000
    from impoverished Benin alone are at work in Nigeria's southeastern
    granite pits.

    Poor West African children grow up helping families with heavy labour,
    sometimes as soon as the children can walk steadily.

    Parents often turn their children over to labour-contractors, seeing it as a
    way for the boys and girls to feed themselves and learn trades.

    The unlucky among the children wind up in places like Nigeria's granite
    pits, doing hard labour for traffickers who sell the boys' and girls' work
    cheap and pocket much of the proceeds.

    Open wounds on the bodies of the children being treated Thursday, and
    the calluses on their hands, testified to the severity of their labour.

    Health teams were giving each child new clothes and underwear, feeding
    them, and inoculating them against diseases.

    Nigerian officials say up to 6,000 more children could be repatriated to
    Benin in coming months. It was not clear why not all 15,000 would be
    returned, or if that involved a discrepancy in numbers.

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    The people who do this kind of sh*t should be treated the same as the syphilitic puss-bag pedophiles that roam the dark undersides of the rocks they occasionally creap out from. Hang them from their b*lls and skin them alive !

    Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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    Originally posted by tigersqn
    The people who do this kind of sh*t should be treated the same as the syphilitic puss-bag pedophiles that roam the dark undersides of the rocks they occasionally creap out from. Hang them from their b*lls and skin them alive !

    I agree, but this is the wrong forum. Moderators, please move to Current Events.
    I have no problem at all with being proved wrong. Especially when being proved wrong leaves the world a better place, than being proved right...

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