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After 12 years of war, labor abuses rampant on US bases in Afghanistan

A year and a half after President Barack Obama issued an executive order outlawing human trafficking and forced labor on U.S. military bases, a five-month investigation by “Fault Lines” has found compelling evidence that these abuses remain pervasive at U.S. facilities in Afghanistan.

“Fault Lines” traveled to India, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan to trace the journey of a typical migrant worker seeking a job at a U.S. military base. We found Department of Defense subcontractors and their recruiters colluding to profit directly from exorbitant fees charged to job candidates, who are sometimes left with no choice but to work for six to 12 months to recoup those costs.

Over the past decade, the U.S. military has outsourced its overseas base-support responsibilities to private contractors, which have filled the lowest-paying jobs on military bases with third-country nationals, migrant workers who are neither U.S. citizens nor locals. As of January 2014, there were 37,182 third-country nationals working on bases in the U.S. Central Command region, which includes Afghanistan and Iraq — outnumbering both American and local contract workers.

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Your Tax Dollars Fund Human Trafficking. Click Here to Do Something About it →

Thousands of foreign nationals working for U.S. government contractors and subcontractors are victims of human traffickers. Many of these workers have been lied to in regards to where they’ll work and how much they’ll get paid. Often, after they arrive, they live in squalid conditions and have their travel documents taken away, making them prisoners.

It’s unconscionable.

If you agree, then please send a letter to the federal agency in charge of writing the new anti-trafficking regulations. Demand that contractors and subcontractors be held accountable so that the thousands of workers who provide food and other necessary services to our soldiers and reconstruction personnel aren’t trapped in the horrors of modern-day slavery.

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“We’re making clear that American tax dollars must never, ever be used to support the trafficking of human beings. We will have zero tolerance. We mean what we say. We will enforce it.”

President Obama commenting on a new executive order authorizing the government to investigate federal contractors and subcontractors for human trafficking abuses. This has been a huge problem, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan where thousands of men have been lured with the prospect of a high-paying job working on a U.S. base only to have their passports confiscated and their wages drastically decreased while they live in terrible conditions. POGO has been working to fight human trafficking by federal contractors for years. Read more about our work and about the executive order.

U.S. Department of State: Human Trafficking Awareness Day: 20 Ways You Can Help Fight Modern Slavery →


After first learning about human trafficking, many people want to help in some way but do not know how. Here are just a few ideas for your consideration.

  1. Learn human trafficking red flags and ask follow up questions so that you can detect a potential trafficking situation.
  2. In the United…

Activists Talk to POGO about Human Trafficking and Government Contractors →

Today is National Human Trafficking Day, so spend some time learning about this important issue, which may seem distant, but is actually closely related to your paycheck. Recently, POGO had the opportunity to talk with two documentary filmmakers working on a project about human labor trafficking on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. This wide-spread practice is supported by U.S. taxpayer dollars meant for base construction and operation. Listen to the fascinating and infuriating story in the latest POGO podcast.

U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Facilitating Human Labor Trafficking on Military Bases

U.S. taxpayers are paying contractors who participate in human trafficking on U.S. military bases around the world. Thousands of poor, rural men are being held in warehouses for months without pay after promises of high salaries. These men are used to build and maintain U.S. military bases in combat zones, and they are being routinely exploited by a subcontractor system with little oversight.

Sindhu P. Kavinamannil and Sam W. McCahon are making a documentary about human labor trafficking. They came to POGO and recorded a podcast about their findings. Watch a short trailer for the podcast here. Stay tuned for the full podcast later this week. 

POGO’s Nick Schwellenbach testified before Congress about how poor contract oversight can support human trafficking. Read the 5 key quotes from the hearing.