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ICC note: The following is just one example of what christian children are relegated to in Pakistan. Pakistan is one of the fundamental Islamic nation that also provides refuge to Osama Bin Laden and is known for its atrocities against the Christian community.

The Sunday Times

May 21, 2006

Reunited: boys saved from slavers

TimesOnline:

A SENIOR member of an Islamic organisation linked to Al-Qaeda funded his activities through the kidnapping of Christian children who are sold into slavery in Pakistan .

The Sunday Times established that Gul Khan, a wealthy militant used the base of Jamaat-ud Daawa (JUD) near Lahore , to trade boys aged six to 12.

They were abducted from remote Christian villages in the Punjab and were priced at nearly £1,000 each from buyers who consign them to a life of misery in domestic servitude or sell them for commercial sex work.

Khan was exposed in a sting operation that was 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.

Khan was observed driving from the meeting with a knapsack full of cash to the JUD headquarters at Muridke, near Lahore .

The base was funded by Osama Bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda leader, in the late 1990s and the JUD’s assets were frozen last month by the US Treasury after it was designated a terrorist organisation.

Khan, who regularly stays at the JUD’s base, broke his promise to hand over the 20 boys on receipt of the cash and took the Pakistani missionary’s assistant hostage while he checked that the dollars were genuine.

The boys were eventually freed in a dishevelled and malnourished state after being locked in a room for five months during which they suffered frequent beatings.