Slavery is taken for granted in the Qur’an (see 2:178, 2:221, 4:92, 5:89, and many more), so this should come as no surprise. “Migrant workers in Qatar risk forced labour, human rights group says,” from AFP, June 13 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Doha: Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Tuesday that migrant construction workers in Qatar, which is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup, risk serious abuse amounting to “˜forced labour”.
“The government needs to ensure that the cutting edge, high-tech stadiums it’s planning to build for World Cup fans are not built on the backs of abused and exploited workers,” said HRW Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson in a statement released at a news conference in Doha.
The New York-based watchdog said construction workers, mostly South Asians, “risk serious exploitation and abuse, sometimes amounting to forced labour,” as it released its report: “˜Building a better World Cup: Protecting migrant workers in Qatar ahead of Fifa 2022.”
The 146-page report was based on interviews with 73 migrant construction workers, as well as meetings and correspondence with government officials, employers, contracting companies, recruitment agents, diplomats from labour-sending countries, and worker advocates, HRW said.