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Lord Robin Maugham, campaigning against the practice of slavery, states that the illegal traffic in human life is thriving in violation of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights because the American and British governments are unwilling to challenge Arab oil potentates who favor the slave trade. Throughout Africa, India, and the Middle East, hidden cameras are used to collect evidence of outlawed practices: young boys and girls are traded openly in a marketplace; harems flourish along the Arabian peninsula; in a slave market near Khartum, elderly sheiks examine nude women; police raid a caravan smuggling enslaved children from Chad to Saudi Arabia; a woman with shackles on her feet hobbles around a market; Arab herdsmen whip African natives in order to select the strongest for sale; Eve Kenneth, a British prostitute who spent 2 years in a sultan's harem, produces a film depicting her experiences; and giant land crabs are seen dragging skeletons of escaped slaves on an island in the Red Sea. The investigators explain that the Africans were driven to slavery by poverty, preferring bondage to starvation.
Eraldo Da Roma
Filmed on location in Africa, the Arabian peninsula, India, the Middle East, and London. Released in Italy in 1964 as Le schiave esistono ancora; running time: 90 min; opened in Paris in July 1966 as Les esclaves existent toujours; running time: 85 min.