Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ABC reports on child boxing which supports poor rural families in Thailand

ABC Nightline presented a report on the practice of forcing children to box to support their families in rural Thailand.

The transcript of the ABC Nightine story is here.

The kids show evidence of concussion and cumulative brain damage or memory loss. 

Yet parents, especially among the poor, believe that this builds character.  A film “Buffalo Girl” is being made by Todd Gellstein about the practice.

One family had 16 children and all fight. 

100,000 kids in Thailand engage in the sport.

The filmmaker says that this is simply a way of life for the poor.  It make keep kids out of sex trade and drugs, but at a horrible cost.   

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