Posted by: BPSOS | April 8, 2008

In the News: 100,000 Vietnamese Workers to Qatar?


Doha, Qatar.

Newspapers in the Arab Gulf are reporting that Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani recently told his Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, that Qatar will recruit more Vietnamese workers. This January, the two nations signed an agreement that aims to boost the number of Vietnamese workers in Qatar to 100,000 within three years.

The deal gives an idea of the lengths to which Vietnam’s leaders are willing to go to export their citizens, given that the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report for 2007 says that people trafficked to Qatar may face withholding of pay, confiscation of passports and travel documents, arbitrary detention, threats of legal action and deportation, false charges, and physical, mental, and sexual abuse. Click here for more about Qatar, which ranks in the abysmal Tier 3 of the State Department’s assessments of nations’ human trafficking records.

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