LAWSUIT: US MILITARY CONTRACTOR DYNCORP ACCUSED OF “ENSLAVING” AMERICAN EMPLOYEES IN KUWAITI TENT CITIES | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


LAWSUIT: US MILITARY CONTRACTOR DYNCORP ACCUSED OF “ENSLAVING” AMERICAN EMPLOYEES IN KUWAITI TENT CITIES

A recently unsealed lawsuit has accused two U.S. military contractors of treating American citizens working as military translators in the Middle East like “slaves.” The two contractors — DynCorp and its subcontractor, Global Linguist Solutions (GLS) — are alleged to have housed American translators in Kuwait within a poorly maintained tent city and to have threatened the workers with prison time if they tried to escape. The suit is the second lawsuit to be made public this year that accuses a prominent military contractor of treating its employees as slaves.

The 2016 federal lawsuit, first reported on by the Daily Beast after it was unsealed earlier this month, revolves around a contract signed between DynCorp and the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) to provide the U.S. military with English-Arabic translators. DynCorp then subcontracted GLS to recruit the translators and bring them to Kuwait where, upon arrival, GLS staff confiscated their passports, originally claiming that the seizure was essential to securing work visas for the translators. However, GLS secured only tourist visas for the translators, making their work technically illegal and placing them at risk of arrest. Yet, this was only the beginning of their troubles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DynCorp has had an unsavory reputation for doing things like this in the past; let us hope that there will be a penalty severe enough (like the executives who signed off on this treatment of translators doing hard time in jail) may be enough from preventing such actions in the future.

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