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Nothing in Faith Willard's years of running relief efforts in poverty-stricken Bangladesh compared to learning that 25 boys as young as 2 were nearly sold into slavery as camel jockeys in the Middle East.

Willard flew to India, where police had rescued the Bangladeshi boys from their abductors and has found at least a temporary home for most of the children."It is pretty devastating," she said this week upon her return to the United States. "You see these cute little kids and think that they could be dead."

Willard, who runs a Christian camp on Cape Cod, spent the past several weeks getting Indian authorities to turn over 17 of the boys. She took them to an orphanage she runs in Bangladesh; it will try to find them permanent homes.

The eight other boys were being kept in Bombay to provide evidence against some of the kidnappers who claim to be their parents, Willard said.

In March, police in Bombay, acting on an anonymous tip, found the boys in an apartment. Authorities believe that the boys, ages 2 to 5, were to be flown to Dubai for use in camel races.

The shrieks of children tied unwillingly to camels scare the animals, making them run faster. In some cases, the camels fall and the children are crushed, Willard said.