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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:35 PM
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Indian Contract Workers in Iraq Complain of Exploitation (NYT) KBR Folks
Edited on Thu May-06-04 10:42 PM by WillyT
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For an $1,800 fee, the recruiter promised to get the two young south Indian men jobs as butchers on a military base in Kuwait for two years, they said. With salaries of $385 a month, a small fortune by Indian standards, they would join more than three million Indians already working in the Persian Gulf and enriching their families back home.

They mortgaged a relative's house and land, paid the fee and flew to Kuwait in August with two of their friends. What they say they encountered when they got there landed on the front pages of Indian newspapers this week, with one headline declaring "Indians Abused in Iraq" in "U.S. Slave Camps."

Within days, the brothers said, they and their friends found themselves on an American military base in northern Iraq working for a Saudi subcontractor of Kellogg, Brown & Root, or KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton. They said their supervisor, who had taken their passports in Kuwait, told them they were obligated to work on the base for six months and could not leave.

Working alongside 200 other laborers, from India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, they first cleaned American latrines and then washed American dishes, the brothers said. Their pay was roughly $150 a month, they said, less than half of what the recruiter had promised.

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Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/international/asia/07...

Man... We're just winning friends all over the world, ya know???

Maybe we are trying to provoke a world war. I mean, how would it be any different if we were?

:shrug:


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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:44 PM
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1. The psychopaths are in charge. (nt)
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