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America’s Shame: The U.S. Government’s Human Trafficking Dilemma

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The freshly unearthed documents show that for several months, KBR employees expressed exasperation at Najlaa’s apparent abuse of the laborers and said the subcontractor was embarrassing KBR in front of its main client in Iraq: the U.S. military. But despite its own employees’ strongly worded communications to Najlaa, to this day, KBR continues to award subcontracts to the company.

Nick later testified before a House subcommittee, outlining reforms that Congress should pass to hold contractors and subcontractors accountable.

Well, it appears that some of the attention focused on human trafficking (including the movie The Whistleblower, the story of U.N. peacekeeper Kathryn Bolkovac, who blew the whistle on sex trafficking in post-war Bosnia) in the last year may finally be paying off.

Some Members of Congress have introduced measures aimed at preventing human trafficking by government contractors and subcontractors.

The bipartisan proposals (End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act of 2012, H.R. 4259 and S. 2234), which include some of the reforms that POGO has recommended, are sponsored by Rep. Lankford (R-OK) and Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT). Rep. Lankford will likely offer the legislation as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (FY13 NDAA) this month. The legislation would bolster the current laws and regulations governing trafficking by requiring contractors to create plans to prevent trafficking and requiring companies to closely monitor and report the activities of their subcontractors.

The measures also call for penalties, including suspending or debarring or criminally prosecuting violators.

Sen. Blumenthal said current law was insufficient and ineffective and failed to prevent abuses.

“Modern-day slavery by government contractors—unknowingly funded by American taxpayers—is unconscionable and intolerable,” Blumenthal said.

And, really, all of us should feel pangs of guilt for the human rights violations perpetrated by those profiting in the name of the American people. POGO launched a campaign this week urging people to tell their Members of Congress to support the anti-trafficking legislation.

It comes too late to help those workers who were abused during our decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But our presence in Iraq, Afghanistan and in military bases all over the world continues. And the invisible army we rely upon to keep those bases running needs this protection now as much as it ever has. (Click HERE for original article)

Joe Newman is the director of communications for the Project On Government Oversight.

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3 Comments

  1. Comment by Intrepid:

    Nothing will be done. Our leadership feeds off of Contractors in respective districts.

  2. Comment by JORDANIAN and LEBANESE COCKROACH WATCH:

    Dear OWWA-Jordan,

    As promised, here is a copy of her passport and a copy of OFW letters when a similar situation was occurring in Kuwait. There is a filled out copy of a passport application which Endaya insisted that Jeanny clear a police station in Kuwait ( knowing she would be arrested ) and then this American had to fix the situation. He should have kept her in the Embassy, accomplished the passport application and issued a new one or given her a travel document.

    As you can see, Jeanny is an educated young lady who is caught up for a second time in 2 years in a similar human trafficking situation – someone retaining her passport and locking her up in an apartment.

    I do hope that you blacklist both Al Fadelah ( the Kuwait Agency ) and this one that has kidnapped her from her Dubai destination and that charges are filed against both the Jordanian man and woman who have kept her in Jordan illegally and the recruiter who diverted her.

    Keep me posted please. Don’t call her kidnappers – get the police and go and get her. That Jordanian couple will only sell her. They had no problem buying her from the person running the bacalla.

    To the Philippine Embassy Employee who thinks that they should call those kidnappers – I hope you kick that idea of yours up to the Ambassador before you do and get his or her approval. That is unless you are trying to have Jeanny disappear for 6 more months. JEANNY DOESN”T WANT YOU TO CALL THEM as it will only mean that the kidnappers will know that she has a cell phone and then lock her up in a room.

    Apparently Jeanny talked about going to the embassy when she was working in a bacalla there and was not getting paid ( when she called me in NOV 2010 ) – [ you read correct 2010 not 2011 ]

    At least if you think you have to talk to the kidnappers, let me go there and try to locate her and I will bring her to your embassy if you are afraid to use the Jordanian police. These kidnappers / traffickers will only sell her to someone else and you will have lost your chance to recover Jeanny and get her home.

    She doesn’t want to be stuck in your embassy or a foreign jail. She doesn’t trust either which is too bad.

    Good Luck

    This situation is not a residency violation – this is a kidnapping and a diversion for a legal destination. You are going to lose Jeanny’s cooperation if you insist on calling the kidnappers and the Jordanian man and woman holding her passport. But you guys are used to this – you allow passports to be retained all the time and don’t demand a change. So, we have this.

    URGENT

    Welfare Officer Mario Antonio
    Philippine Embassy, Jordan

    Please advise concerned party of updates on action taken on the case.

    Thank you.

    David Des T. Dicang
    Labor Attache
    Philippine Embassy, Kuwait

    Sooner or later I will hear from Jeanny how this plays out. Treat it like a crime – because that is what it is now.

    Of course Jeanny saw all these OFW letters that were whitewash and she saw Endaya’s setup of her to go to a police station – yeh and without the help of, what do you call Madam Yolly, the Welfare Officer in tow to make sure that it was strictly to file a report of a stolen passport and return to the embassy. That is nothing less than her embassy abandoning their duties in Kuwait. Not seeing those maids in jail without toiletries, underclothes, a change of clothes or representation by a legal attaché’ – same thing.

    Good Luck. You have the documents you need now – even to make her a new passport complete with her signature. And you have her journal of what her experience was at the hand of Endaya’s management of the situation.

    Today I talked to Jeanny Cutamora’s daughter and have determined several things.

    Keep in mind 2 things – 1. You were notified of Jeanny’s abduction and trafficking to Jordan in November 2010. 2. Your staff just met with Jeanny at the police station 2 days ago and the police said she could leave and you have staff trying to have money paid to an abductor, trafficker, and you missed your opportunity to get her into the safety of your embassy even though your staff were invited to take her.

    There should be no money paid – this is a kidnap victim. This is someone who was trafficked by AL-MASA JORDAN RECRUITING ( working in conjunction with a recruiting agency in Philippines ) and with the help of immigration at the Jordan airport; she was diverted from her destination of Qatar to the country of Jordan where the OFW tell me Domestic workers from Philippines are not legally allowed to work.

    Additionally.

    1. JEANNY CUTAMORA is a injured worker ( HAND IS NUMB AND COLD ) – BUT STILL FORCED TO WORK BY JORDANIAN DOCTOR’S WIFE. ( RETURNED TO TRAFFICKER AFTER JEANNY WAS INTIMIDATED BY A PHILIPPINE JORDAN EMBASSY REPRESENTATIVE NAMED SAMI OR SAMMY.
    2. JEANNY CUTAMORA IS IN DANGER DUE TO THE CONTINUED INCOMPETENCE OF THE JORDAN PHILIPPINE EMBASSY STAFF –to retrieve and house her until she can leave to go home.

    3. THE JORDANIAN WIFE OF DR. Mohammad Ali Hassan Alaqaad ( yes, I found out the Jordanian kidnapper / trafficker is a Doctor – way to go Jordan Ministry of Immigration and Interior ) and
    4. JEANNY HAS BEEN CLEANING WINDOWS OUTSIDE THE 4TH FLOOR APARTMENT. CHILDREN OF THE JORDANIAN TRAFFICKERS HAVE PUSHED JEANNY WHILE SHE IS ON THE LEDGE AND THE MRS. AL AQAAD HAD INSISTED THAT JEANNY CLEANS THE CENTER OF THE WINDOW ON THE 4TH FLOOR APARTMENT – TRYING TO GET JEANNY TO FALL FROM THE BUILDING.

    If Jeanny is injured, I hope that you will file the appropriate charges against this Jordanian woman.

    DANGER DANGER DANGER – REMOVE JEANNY FROM THAT JORDANIAN DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY AND PUT HER INTO THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY

    3. SAMMY OR SAMI – PLEASE FIND AND REMOVE HIM FROM THIS CASE IMMEDIATELY. THE PHILIPPINE REPRESENTATIVE NAMED SAMMY ( SAMI OR SAMMIE )

    HE IS CORRUPT
    HE IS TRYING TO GET KICK-BACK PAYMENTS FROM THE JORDANIAN DOCTOR AND MOST LIKELY HAS
    CONTRIBUTED TO THE FAILED RESCUES AND TRAFFICKING OF OTHER DOMESTIC HELP.
    SAMMY WAS ONE OF 2 PHILIPPINE EMBASSY REPRESENTATIVES AT THE NADRA POLICE STATION –

    WHO IS THE OTHER PHILIPPINE OFFICIAL WHO ALSO DIDN’T GET JEANNY TO THE EMBASSY ? I WANT HIS NAME – TO MAKE SURE I SPELL IT RIGHT CORRECTLY.

    SAMMY IS THE ONLY ONE TO TELL JEANNY THAT SHE NEEDS TO PAY 1,300 JORDANIAN DINAR TO THE SPONSOR
    SAMMY IS THE ONLY ONE TO AGREE WITH THE SPONSOR IF SHE DOESN’T PAY, SHE WILL GO TO JAIL FOR 6 MONTHS.
    THOSE EMBASSY’S OFFICIALS FIRST AND FOREMOST JOB IS TO GET JEANNY TO THE EMBASSY AND KEEP HER SAFE UNTIL SHE CAN GO HOME.

    THE POLICE IN THE NADARA POLICE STATION TOLD JEANNY SHE CAN GO HOME. SO WHY IS SHE NOT IN THE JORDAN PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ?? – I WILL TELL YOU – SAMMY SAMI OR SAMMIE.

    I JUST CALLED THE “ WELFARE OFFICER “ ( WHO DID NOT GO TO MEET JEANNY ) WHO ANSWERS (mobile number +962 – 0775138103 ) AND HE VERIFIES THAT JEANNY CAN STAY IN THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY. ( WHAT IS HIS JOB AGAIN ?)

    THE REASON SHE DIDN’T GO TO EMBASSY IS BECAUSE OF THIS GUY NAMED SAMMIE, SAMI, OR SAMMY.

    ** FIND HIM AND REMOVE HIM FROM THIS CASE.

    2. JEANNY IS STILL being forced ( THANKS TO SAMMY ) to work in the kidnappers house
    3. THAT THE JORDAN PHILIPPINE EMBASSY WELFARE OFFICER ( THE GUY WHO IS SUPPOSEDLY THE WELFARE OFFICER AND ANSWERS THIS PHONE NUMBER (mobile number +962 – 0775138103 ) SAYS HE DID NOT ATTEND THE MEETING WITH:
    JEANNY
    JORDAN IMMIGRATION OFFICERS
    POLICE STATION – NADARA OFFICERS
    ( 2 ) TWO EACH PHILIPPINE EMBASSY STAFF ( NOT PRESENT WAS THE WELFARE OFFICER )
    1 TRAFFICKER OF JEANNY – DR. Mohammad Ali Hassan Alaqaad

    And that the sponsor was on-site and in the room when JEANNY WAS INTERVIEWED [READ: INTIMIDATED] Why did your 2 embassy officials allow that ?

    I do not care that the Philippine embassy of Jordan look like they are not doing their jobs – because they are not. Only unprofessional whiners would be complaining to a domestic helper that this American is getting you to even move from your offices.

    Let me tell you what is coming. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

    A website to document this case and several others

    A picture posted of the Ambassador in charge of these employees FOR THAT COUNTRY ( Kuwait and Jordan ) and a time-line showing how long it takes from the time of the call to the time of that person going home to the Philippines.

    Every cockroach that I find taking kickbacks or even suggesting that the woman has to be in the house OR locked up at a AGENCY verses the safety of their embassy will be forever featured on this site and it will be there for a damn long time. Ask Ambassador Endaya.

    Jeanny needs medical treatement. She has no feeling in her hand and she says it is cold. That is a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome and a loss of circulation and your idiot Sammy sent her back to the trafficker.

    Message to Sammy – she better not fall from that apartment building buddy.

    JEANNY WANTS TO STAY IN THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY AND JUST LIKE THE KUWAIT PHILIPPINE EMBASSY DOESN’T WANT TO BE HARRASSED OR COMPLAINED TO THAT THE COUNTRY OF PHILIPPINES IS MAD AT THE EMBASSY. I ACTUALLY DON’T KNOW WHY YOU HAVE AN EMBASSY IF YOU CANNOT HELP YOUR CITIZENS.

    I WILL BE DOING MY BEST TO GET THE FULL NAME OF YOUR EMPLOYEE CALLED SAMMY AND HE IS BETTER NOT APPEAR IN THIS STORY ANY LONGER.

    NOW, REPEAT, NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE EXCEPT SAMMY MENTIONED MONEY BEING PAID TO THE TRAFFICKER – DR. Mohammad Ali Hassan Alaqaad EXCEPT FOR SAMMY
    NO ONE SAID JEANNY COULD NOT GO TO THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY EXCEPT FOR SAMMY

    JEANNY WOULD LIKE TO GO AND STAY AT THE PHILIPPINE EMBASSY OR AT LEAST AT THE JORDAN IMMIGRATION OFFICE.

    TO THOSE JOURNALIST IN THIS EMAIL – THIS IS FURTHER DOCUMENTATION OF HOW THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT’S OVERSEAS OFFICIALS DO NOT AGRESSIVELY COMBAT TRAFFICKING AND ARE IN SOME WAY CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROBLEM BY THEIR LACK OF COMMITMENT TO THE TASK.

    THIS IS HOW TRAFFICKING IN JORDAN AND KUWAIT IS SANCTIONED AND TOLERATED BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF BOTH KUWAIT AND JORDAN.

    THIS IS HOW THESE WOMEN ARE TRAFFICKED AND THEN END UP MURDERED, ABUSED, KIDNAPPED, AND TRAFFICKED OR VICTIMS OF AN “ ACCIDENT “ WHERE THE DOMESTIC HELP IS PUSH FROM A POSITION ( AS HAPPENS 3 TIMES A WEEK IN KUWAIT ) BY THEIR TRAFFICKERS.

    BY INEFFECTIVE EMBASSY STAFF – PROBABLY PLACED THERE – NOT BECAUSE OF THEIR QUALIFICATIONS – BUT BECAUSE OF CONNECTIONS.

    BY INEFFECTIVE JORDAN IMMIGRATION NOT KEEPING OUT THE PHILIPPINE DOMESTIC HELP OR BEING PAID TO LET THEM PASS BY AGENCIES LIKE AL-MASA.
    BY INEFFECT EMBASSY MANAGEMENT OF AN IDENTIFIED KIDNAPPED / TRAFFICKED VICTIM.
    BY LACK OF AGGRESSIVE EMBASSY OFFICIALS WHO ARE LOOKING TO PROFIT FROM THE DOMESTIC HELPERS PLIGHT
    ( AMBASSADOR ENDAYA SPRINGS TO MIND )

    I MADE MENTION BEFORE OF THE KUWAIT PHILIPPINE EMBASSY LEAVING UNPROFESSIONAL STAFF AT THE FRONT GATE. ABUSIVE AND COMPLAINING PAID STAFF WHO CANNOT JUST DO THEIR JOBS AT THE JORDAN PHILIPPINE EMBASSY. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES WHINING TO THIS WOMAN THAT YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY RESCUE HER. PITIFUL.

    YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TRAFFICKED FOR NEARLY 2 YEARS AND ARE INJURED AND DEPENDING ON YOUR COUNTRY-MEN ( FOR CHRIST’S SAKE ) FOR HELP. JEANNY HAS BEEN WAITING AND I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THESE SITUATIONS FOR TOO LONG NOT TO START DOCUMENTING YOUR EMBASSY’S PERFORMANCE.

    YOUR PHILIPPINE CITIZENS AND FUTURE MAIDS REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN.

    THE CHIPS ARE DOWN LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. JEANNY IS GOING TO GET HOME AND COME HELL OR HIGH WATER IT IS GOING TO BE DONE AND THOSE THAT ARE IN THE WAY OF THE PROCESS OR TRYING TO PROFIT FROM IT OR INTERFERRING WITH A RESCUE WILL BE DOCUMENTED .

    THIS WEBSITE IS COMING AND THERE WILL BE TIME-LINES NEXT TO THE VICTIMS FIRST NAMES FROM START TO FINISH. FROM THE TIME THEY ARE REPORTED OR ENTER YOUR EMBASSY TO THE TIME THEY GET TO FLY HOME.

    THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT CHARGES SHOULD BE FILED AGAINST DR. Mohammad Ali Hassan Alaqaad and his wife for locking up a domestic helper; retaining her passport; physically endangering Jeanny Cutamora.

    THE JORDAN EMBASSIES ARE LISTED BECAUSE YOUR COUNTRY DOESN’T HAVE A FUNCTIONAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE WITH EMAIL ADDRESSES. I THOUGHT WE FIXED THAT FOR YOU WHEN WE GAVE YOU HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    I HAVE ALREADY CAUGHT 2 OF YOUR COUNTRYMEN (ROSE SAFWAT and RAMADAN SHAHEET ) SELLING THEIR MAID IN KUWAIT INSTEAD OF SENDING HER HOME. YOU GUYS ARE JUST BEACONS AREN’T YOU.

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT YOUR JORDANIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ABOUT YOUR HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROBLEM AND THAT THE JORDANIANS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN TRAFFICKING OF DOMESTIC LABOR WILL BE FEATURED ON THE NEW WEBSITE.

    PLEASE ASK YOUR IMMIGRATION TO TAKE JEANNY TO HER EMBASSY SO SHE CAN GO HOME.

  3. Comment by JORDANIAN and LEBANESE COCKROACH WATCH:

    YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST ON MS SPARKY.
    TRAFFICKERS ARE COCKROACHES AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS COCKROACHES. LABOR AGENCIES ARE COCKROACHES AND SO ARE THEIR OWNERS. ANYONE TRAFFICKING SOMEONE AND CHANGING THEIR CONTRACT ARE COCKROACHES
    ITT AND KRH. (LEBANESE) AND RIGHTLY BARRED FROM THE BASES.
    KUWAIT WILL GO A LONG WAYS TO CLEANING UP THEIR TRAFFICKING BY EXPELLING FROM KUWAIT THE FOLLOWING NATIONALITIES
    SAUDIS
    EGYPTIANS
    LEBANESE
    SYRIAN
    PAKISTANIS
    JORDANIANS
    Having maids should be RESTRICTED to Kuwaitis only and get rid of these external families. Get like Switzerland Kuwait. You owe these countries nothing. They are tarnishing your HUMAN RIGHTS record and endangering U.S. National Security.

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