Ms. Sparky (www.mssparky.com) has an interesting post on human trafficking...
“Human traffickingby federal overseas contractors is widespread and never punished,” said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (Va.), the top Democrat on the panel. “Not a single case of human trafficking, sexual assault, wage theft or related crimes has been prosecuted by the Department of Justice, and only a single case has even been referred for prosecution by the Department of Defense. Neither the Army and Air Force Exchange Service nor any other component of DoD or the State Department has suspended or debarred a single federal contractor for human trafficking, even though such abuses are routine.”
~Joe Davidson, Washington Post, November 2, 2011
Read the full story HERE.
I know it is going on. You (if you do contracting in Kuwait - and elsewhere for that matter) know that it is going on. It is rampant. Yet why does the USG still turn a blind eye?
It's real simple, investigators: Do a spot check (with no notice) of worker's accommodations. How many people are living in ONE room? Where are their passports being kept? (Usually NEVER with the worker, but with the employer, which is against the law in moth countries including Kuwait). How often do they get vacations? Ask to see records. .....But alas, that is way down the road because large contractors can bid much cheaper by using what amounts to slaves.
Where are the whistle blower hotline numbers or (anonymous) E-mails posted? I'm American and would have a hard time blowing the whistle when/if I knew there were corrupt practices going on; what about TCN's? The ones I've met are scared to death of the reprecussions. The easiest way to talk to the appropriate people is if you work on a base/camp and can go direct to the source. What about the people in the offices off-post - who probably know the most about what is going on inside the offices of defense contractors? Who do they contact? EIGHT years on in Kuwait, it is still not easy to tell anyone (or know where to begin) if something bad is going on. Those of us who have known/do know have gotten tired trying to figure it all out.