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At least Congress agrees on something – stop aiding and abetting government contractors’ that profit from slavery

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These people thought they had a job that provided a good wage, food and housing. They found out they had none of that.

Portman, Blumenthal Secure Inclusion of Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation in Defense Bill

Office of Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) – Washington, D.C.- Novemeber 30, 2012 – Yesterday, Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) secured inclusion of the End Trafficking in Government Contracting Act (S.2234) in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (S.3254).  Earlier this month, Portman and Blumenthal launched the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking.  The caucus will bring Senators together to combat human trafficking by promoting awareness, removing demand, supporting prosecution efforts, and providing appropriate service systems for survivors.

Despite the U.S. government’s zero tolerance human trafficking policy, investigations have found that human trafficking by government contractors and subcontractors who operate overseas is still an issue. For example, in 2011, the Commission on Wartime Contracting – an independent, bipartisan legislative commission established to study wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan – concluded that “[e]xisting prohibitions on such trafficking have failed to suppress it.” The commission also concluded that “evidence of the recurrent problem of trafficking in persons by labor brokers or subcontractors of contingency contractors.”

More than 70,000 third-country nationals work for contractors and subcontractors of the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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13 Comments

  1. Comment by Ravi:

    I was in Baghdad when this photo was taken.From what I heard, the Nepalis were brought in by a contractor and got past immigration, but their agent/escort was not allowed. So these guys, more than 80 of them were stuck outside BIAP, could not enter Camp Victory or leave ECP1, the airport wire. Some of them escaped into town and got jobs. Others just hung around, rioted,were shot at and ultimately faded away, I do not know where.

    All Camps were full of TCN slave labor, who lived in wired compounds and were allowed to travel only between work place and living quarters and were fed the exact same rice and curry 7 days a week, lunch and dinner.

    There would have been no camps if these ‘slaves’ were not present.

  2. Comment by Punk Buster:

    I usually don’t agree with most of the comments on this website, but on the case of human trafficking, the TCNs all seemed to get screwed over, especially by the Kuwait or UAE labor brokers. There was no doubt in my mind that human traficking was ongoing and prevalant on these camps.

    • Comment by Ravi:

      Kuwait or UAE labour brokers? Everyone was working for the “Coalition of the Willing” to protect “Democracy” !

      • Comment by Punk Buster:

        Damn….I actually tried to say something good and agree with some of the comments, then someon, (RAVI),makes a smart ass comment. Jeez…..I guess from now one I will just diasagree with everyting so your smart ass comments are deserved.

  3. Comment by CAMP ARIFJAN WATCH:

    Gulf International Company is withholding employees passports. Why are they still doing business with the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force in Kuwait ?

    • Comment by Punk Buster:

      Because no one will ever change how the Kuwiatis do business no matter how much we bitch and complain. The USG has no choice but to suck it up and move on or either leave all the camps located in Kuwait and most of the Middle east. It sucks, but it is what it is.

      • Comment by Punk Buster:

        I am not trying to make it sound like i agree with these traffickers,trust me, I worked in the Middle East for 7 years including two 1/2 years in Kuwait. I know how badly that GIC treated there employees. we worked over 3 months with GIC on the AABOT & KAOT building a new TOC, DFAC and living containers for the Navy on a CONCAP project. GIC crammed all thier folks into accommodations and pretty much fed them rice and curry paste for the time on land. On the boat while working they ate pretty good cause we forced them to treat them good on the barge, but still Kuwait sucks and the USG has no control over their treatment of the TCNs. If the USG quit dealing with human traffickers worldwide, Wal-Mart would not be able to sell almost any clothing and the US Military would be holed up inside their own borders because they cannot function w/o outside labor doing the cooking and cleaning. I hate to say it….but the Middle East sucks…..kuwait would be a good country w/o the Kuwaities.

      • Comment by marc:

        and all the child molesters in Afghanistan, well what are you going to do, when in Rome etc etc

  4. Comment by CAMP ARIFJAN WATCH:

    Thanks for validating that GULF INTERNATIONAL COMPANY are withholding passports. We will get a TIPS report in on them and get their contracts cancelled.

    Anyone know what contracts they have without filing an FOIA on the Army and Airforce. Then contracting officers will do their jobs or there will be some contracting officers looking for new jobs in another country. Forewarned. GIC – Time to return the passports or lose your contracts.

  5. Comment by Slingblade:

    GIC has a contract w/ IAP WWS, an AFCAP contractor. They provide IAP w/ vehicles and handle their “Half Kuwati Citizen” process for the American expats. IAP encourages their employees to go thru this process so they can go to town & run people back & forth to the airport. It seemed idiotic to me, I left- I felt safer in Afghanistan.

    • Comment by GIC WATCH:

      Thanks for the information. Will get a TIPs report in and a report to IAP and posted. Any company not withholding passports who want to take the subcontractor duties over from GIC should contact IAP. They are going to be dumping GIC soon.

  6. Comment by CONGRESSMAN MIKE THOMPSON WATCH:

    Mike Thompson just let his constituent know that he going to continue covering up for ITT and their economic crimes against the United States. ITT has overcharged the United States by $ 50 + MIL and he, as a congressman, is fine with that.

    RECALL CONGRESSMAN MIKE THOMPSON – he is costing America our tax dollars.

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