Friday, April 25, 2008

Bash Street Kids

Cutting Edge (C4) had a progamme last night about children's Thai boxing in which children as young as five were made to punch and kick each other in a caged ring.
A father said the children wouldn't do it unless they wanted to. Shortly afterwards we saw a tiny girl in floods of tears as her father lifted her into the ring. It was at that point that I stopped watching it.

I was left feeling puzzled that dog-fighting has long been illegal but this form of child abuse is apparently within the law.
I also recalled that a few months back two women were prosecuted and widely reviled for forcing two toddlers to fight each other and filming it.
Nancy Banks-Smith in the Guardian today gave this film quite a gentle review. Having grown up in a Northern pub, maybe she's a less sensitive soul than I am.


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