KBR and prostitution in Iraq
I’ve written about prostitution in Iraq and the involvement of KBR employees many times. It just never seems to go away.
I recently received a comment on another post from a former KBR employee about their personal experience with KBR and prostitution in Iraq. In talking with another KBR employee on the phone I asked them about this specific camp and was told he had heard a KBR guy from Camp Prosperity (D-2) in the International (Green) Zone had been fired for running prostitutes. Below is the original comment. (It has been edited slightly for clarity).
To all who don’t believe, well listen to this. I left the army in 2008 after the surge and was asked to join the staff at USMI as an electrician. On the few nights we could call our own we hitched a ride down to Prosperity (across form the NECK) for a little R&R and just hang out with some old bros from the unit I was with. We were sitting at the picnic tables out by the vollyball net when couple of young ladies walked by us . Well right after that this one guy who was with KBR came up and acted like he was our best friend asking all of us if there was something the girls could do for us, like clean our rooms or heat up our mattress. At that moment to his surprise the DPM (Deputy Project Manager) was walking buy and like the idiot this guy was he made him the same offer. I’m not sure what every one else has witnessed but the way the Iraqi nationals and the FN’s are forced to work and live is wrong. As soon as I reported this to my electrical super.( Sam Garcia), I was shipped out and re-assigned to Anaconda where I was warned and wrathed. I was a soldier who fought and was wounded for all people and witnessed first hand the wrong that is inflicted on the people of other countries not just the Iraqis. The Russian ladies are so beautiful as well as the Filipino women, but as married men and women when are they going to learn that they should think with there head and, and not with their crotch. This goes for KBR management for sure . They are the biggest supporter of prostitution in the area of USMI Central. Believe or not!!!
Although I can not confirm this alleged incident, the detail of the comment combined with the confirmation from another camp and the fact that prostitution is very prevalent in Iraq I have no reason to believe this didn’t happen. I want to know, what happened to the KBR employee who was pimping out these women? Most likely Filipino women. Was he transferred? Was he fired? WAS HE ARRESTED? Was this reported to the Army Criminal Investigations Command (CID)? Who was that DPM?
Here is an email I received from a former American KBR DFAC supervisor from FOB Marez in Mosul, Iraq. Again, this is all alleged but there are just too many specifics for me to believe it’s not the truth. (email has been edited for clarity)
I was in Mosul when they (KBR Subcontractor) brought all of those girls (over a 100) in from Manila to work in the Marez DFAC and to be secretaries (and more than 90% of them did not have any administrative skills). I was there when the allegations of rape, and prostitution arose and the military launched a big investigation. I was there when they (KBR) manhandled and dragged a KBR employee out of the DFAC because a girl from Manila said she was forced to have sex with him. Then the (DFAC) Subcontractor made me interview every single girl that worked for the subcontractor, KBR was aware of this, they made me conduct interviews and ask if any one was raped or forced to do things they did not want to sexually and physically. I was not skilled or had any training to do this. If I look I bet I can find the notes because I kept them.
Do you know how long I have held this in, because we are told we can not talk to anyone or we will get fired. I remember that girls would disappear, sometimes for 2-3 weeks or longer. I was really close with this particular (Filipino) girl named (name removed) and she disappeared for about 6 weeks I kept asking for her and no one would answer. Then she came back to camp and she was never the same, when I say the same her lively hood had been taken out of her. I kept asking her what was wrong. She finally told me that when they disappear it is because they are pregnant and they want to go home and have their babies (a baby with American blood) instead they are taken into the city Mosul or Turkey to a house and held or guarded by men that live in the house, kept locked in a room and then forced to have an abortion and held there until cleared by the doctor or person that performed the abortion.
Prostitution is illegal in Iraq, is a violation of General Order 1 and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.222-50 Combating Trafficking in Persons .
So I ask again…”Were there any arrests?” Helloooooo out there. Is anybody listening? I can just about guarantee that there are active prostitution rings at every camp that has foreign national females. Also many foreign national men are being “pimped out” as well. And the majority of the pimps are going to be their KBR supervisors and the supervisors for the labor subcontractors (slave brokers) who brought them into the country.
I have been hearing rumblings of prostitution issues at Camp Taji and Camp Victory as well. I have a suggestion for KBR. When they discover a KBR employee is running a prostitution business exploiting foreign national workers, that employee needs to be fired and turned over to the MP’s and hopefully the CID will initiate a criminal investigation. Then fire the the “pimps” managers for the next two levels up. If they did know about the prostitution business and did nothing they are accomplices and should be turned over the the MP’s as well. If they knew nothing about the business they are ineffective idiots and should be asked “window or isle….chicken or pasta?” and take them to the airport.
For my other post of Prostitution and Human Trafficking in Iraq click HERE