As soon Qatar was selected as the headquarters of the next in 2010 World Championship of football, which begins in November this yearhuman rights organizations launched a campaign against slavery institutionalized in this country and in many other countries in the Middle East and Africa, the recalls Crusoe.
“In Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon and Jordan there is a system known as kafala (sponsorship) in which workers are recruited for a long period of time and cannot leave before the contract expires without the approval of the job Employer. . Since they are totally dependent on the employer and cannot even leave the country without their permission, this encourages forced labour.”
“There are many among those who submit to this system Indians, Nepalese, Filipinos, Kenyans and Egyptians. “When these migrant workers arrive in the country to work there, they end up in a trap, which makes it easier for them to be exploited,” says the Lebanese May Romans, Middle East researcher at Amnesty International. ‘When we found out that Qatar was going to host the World Cup, we took the opportunity to put pressure on the government to improve working conditions’.”
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