The Hill: Dubai sheikhs hire lobbyists, PR firms amid boy-enslavement lawsuit allegations

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), facing a class-action lawsuit over alleged enslavement of boys as jockeys in camel races, has hired several top Washington lobbyists and PR firms to present their case to Congress and the public.

The lawsuit, which the UAE seeks to dismiss, was filed in September and alleges that senior ministers from Dubai conspired to force thousands of underage boys to race camels. Having been hit by a public-relations disaster in Washington last year, the emirates are working hard to avoid another similar blow.

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