Almost immediately after Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, concerns about the country’s poor track record on workers’ rights began to emerge. Hassan al-Thawadi, the man in charge of Qatar’s World Cup preparations, attempted to reassure the world insisting that the tournament will not be built on “the blood of innocents”.1
But three years on and the worst fears about conditions for migrant workers in Qatar have been confirmed. Most recent press reports reveal that workers are:
- Paid less than a dollar an hour and often go unpaid for months;
- Forced to live in squalor with contaminated drinking water;
- Physically beaten and have their passports confiscated by gangmasters.2
As one Nepalese carpenter recently told reporters “we are treated like slaves and our deaths are cheap”.3
Reading about these continued abuses might make you want to give up hope. But for the sake of those trapped in modern slavery in Qatar, we can’t.