A story was just published by AFP regarding a Jordanian subcontractor for a US construction and services giant KBR which denied accusations of human trafficking to Iraq after a group of Nepalese workers sued the two companies last month.
A Nepalese man and relatives of 12 slain comrades filed a lawsuit in the US state of California in August against KBR and a Jordanian subcontractor, accusing them of tricking the men into working in Iraq.
If the lawsuit is filed by the families of the 12 Napalese workers who were brutally murdered on their way from Jordan to Iraq then Jordan needs to open an investigation into the offices that are accused of doing this. Regardless of who they happen to be owned by. We have to be more transparent with the workers and the Jordanian people as well because these are the kind of stories that give Jordan a very bad image especially regarding Human Rights. The Interior Minister mentioned this same point today. If this story is not true, then that’s different. However, that is why an investigation needs to take place. What is more worrying is this: If the story is true, are these agencies still sending workers to Iraq when the workers actually think they would be living in Jordan? .