Dana Hedgpeth at The Washington Post reported today that Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, a Washington law firm, has filed a lawsuit against KBR, one of the largest U.S. contractors in Iraq, for allegedly engaging in the human trafficking of Nepali workers with its Jordanian subcontractor.
It’s the same old story we’ve heard a million times: 13 Nepali men were recruited to work as kitchen staff in hotels and restaurants in Jordan but once they arrived, they had their passports confiscated by recruiters and shipped off to do some other thing.
In this case, that other thing was toil at a military facility in Iraq. This is where the usual narrative changes. Driven into the war-torn country in cars, the men were stopped by insurgents–12 of them were kidnapped and later executed, according to Agnieszka Fryszman, a partner at Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll.
The thirteenth man survived and worked in a warehouse in Iraq for 15 months before returning to Nepal.