Halliburton unit is tapping pipeline of illicit
workers for U.S. military jobs in war zone

IRAQ — American tax dollars and the wartime needs of the U.S. military are fueling an illicit pipeline of cheap foreign labor, mainly impoverished Asians who often deceived, exploited and put in harm’s way in Iraq with little protection.

Tens of thousands of foreign workers, often from impoverished Asian nations, make up the civilian service in Iraq. But, many of these workers, hired by contractor KBR (subsidiary of Halliburton), are lured to Iraq with false promises of a safe job in Kuwait or Jordan, work for as little as $1.56 an hour (well below the pay of an American employee), and are treated like second-class citizens.

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