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Low level staff in Gulf embassies exploited by contractors

According to BBC News, an investigation by the US State Department found that many of the low level employees (gardeners, maids, cooks) face improper employer practices.  The specific violations include confiscating the workers’ passports, underpaying workers agreed salaries, and requiring large fees before allowing employment.  The concern is that unfairly treated workers are more likely to become security threat to the consulates that work in, and also that their treatment reflects poorly on the United States.  The workers in question are largely immigrants from Southeast Asia.

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