KBR, DynCorp &Fluor Treat Workers Like Slave Labor
by SHERWOOD ROSS (GLOBAL RESEARCH)
(September 1, 2011) Pentagon allows "near slavery" conditions among foreign workers in Iraq and Afghanistan
Many of the 70,000 "third country national"(TCN) service workers employed in Afghanistan and Iraq "recount having been robbed of wages, injured without compensation subjected to sexual assault, and held in conditions resembling indentured servitude by their subcontractor bosses," reports Sarah Stillman in a June 6th article in The New Yorker magazine titled "The Invisible Army."
In fact, the system resembles nothing so much as a twisted form of modern slavery.
"These workers, primarily from South Asia and Africa, often live in barbed-wire compounds on U.S. bases, (and) eat at meagre chow halls..." she reports. "A large number are employed by fly-by-night subcontractors who are financed by the American taxpayer but who often operate outside the law."
Since the U.S. invasions, more than 2,000 contractor fatalities and 51,000 contractor injuries have been reported in Iraq and Afghanistan as the soaring casualty rates “are now on a par with those of U.