The Exploitation of Immigrant Workers in the Middle East

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Specifically, here are some of the changes needed.  You can see the complete list in detail on my website.

A.  Improve the sponsorship process for immigrants, and stop confiscation of workers’ passports.

B.  Stop the sale of work permits to prevent “bait and switch” tactics where workers are sent to jobs that differ from the ones they were promised, and eliminate the exorbitant fee system that enslaves immigrants to their recruiters for years.

C.  Require fair wages – “equal pay for equal work” – regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, or religion should become a right as practiced in other nations.  Pay salaries uniformly according to contract – the full agreed amount in timely manner by the day, week, or month without contrived reductions, gaps, or arbitrary holdback.

D.  Reverse anti-immigrant laws that absolve natives from most crimes against immigrants but severely punish immigrants for even minor infractions.

E.  Freedom of Religion for all immigrants.

F.  Permanent residency status and a reasonable path to citizenship for lawful immigrants who have been living in GCC countries for decades.

As you can see, these are quite reasonable expectations that are fulfilled in modern nations all over the world.

FP:  Tell our readers why they should get involved.

Johnson:  The Gulf Cooperation Council member states are playing a three-way game.

First, they receive hundreds of billions of dollars each year through sales of crude oil and natural gas to Europe and the United States.  It is our money that is supporting the GCC countries and their elite.  With that wealth, the natives – by importing cheap labor from Asia and Africa, and technology from Europe and America – are making their nations extremely modern.  That’s fine, if they treat the immigrants in a reasonable way.

Most people don’t know that the immigrant population in GCC Member States actually is more than the combined population of Israel and the Palestinians.

Second, the Muslim Arab rulers and native citizens in GCC Member States treat these immigrants as slaves.  There is no religious freedom.  There are no women’s rights.  There are no gay rights.  Workers have no recourse to address grievances.  Employers confiscate the passports of immigrant workers.  They do not pay their meager wages – for seventeen years in one housemaid’s case, and she was confined to her employer’s house the whole time.

Third, some of the elite in GCC nations support Islamic extremists all over the world.  They pay for the building of mosques and Islamic schools worldwide that teach Muslim children to hate everyone who is not a Muslim as well as hate the culture of the nation where the mosque is built.  For example, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, they are building a fifty-five thousand square-foot mosque to promote Wahabi Islam – the most fundamental and intolerant variety).

Arab Muslims complain that they are being persecuted by the United States, Western Europe, Israel, and India.  But, in reality, the Arab Muslim leaders and citizens of GCC nations abuse nearly twenty million Asian and African immigrants right now.  They more than abuse them.  In practice, they enslave them.  Such abuse does not exist anywhere in the U.S. or in Europe.

This is a glaring example of the hypocrisy of Arab Islamic leaders.  No nation, no civilization abuses fellow human beings more than the governments and the elite of Gulf Cooperation Council States.  These abusers preach, practice, and export Wahabi Islam.  But even the Quran they profess to follow forbids the kind of atrocities and murders daily in the news there.

Meanwhile, Muslim immigrants in Europe, mostly Arabs, make enormous demands on European governments and seize every opportunity to claim discrimination if they don’t get what they want.  In America, the TSA will strip-search an infant or a grandmother in a wheelchair while a young male matching the characteristics of the 9-11 hijackers is allowed to walk past and board the plane so he won’t raise a “profiling” charge.  At the same time, Muslim immigrant workers in Arab GCC Member States are denied the most basic human rights.

In other words, the very rights Arab immigrants in Europe loudly clamor for are systematically denied to Asian and African immigrants in the GCC Member States these Arabs come from.  It’s a very clear double standard that must be corrected.

There is a solution to these issues, and Frontpage readers can help.

FP:  What’s the answer, then, particularly in the Arab GCC Member States that may be our allies on paper but who really resent us behind their masks?

Johnson:  We must apply the leverage we do have through careful diplomacy.  Along with that, we must gently and tactfully educate the people without incurring wrath and resistance from the existing governments.

FP:  What leverage do we have?

Johnson:  Besides being a major customer for their oil, we have military bases there and also give or sell them military planes and other armaments to protect them from future invasions like the one from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 1990.  Kuwait does remember that the U.S. and NATO went to war with Iraq to liberate Kuwait from Saddam’s forces, and we also provided teams and technology to put out the fierce oil-field fires that Saddam’s troops started in retaliation.

Our leverage is simply to remind them that we now know that with evolving technology there is more than enough recoverable oil in the United States to make importing oil from them unnecessary.  So, if they want to maintain the flow of Western wealth they have become accustomed to, and want our continued protection that assures their countries’ stability, they need to move into the 21st Century in more ways than fancy buildings.

FP:  The GCC Member States have very solidly entrenched monarchies.  So, how can we educate the populace to evolve desire for change from below?

Johnson:  That’s what my website is for.  Today the internet is everywhere, and nearly everyone has some kind of access.

Communication is the key.  Atrocities cannot be kept hidden, and good ideas cannot be kept from propagating.

But bad ideas and false information can be propagated too.  There are plenty of websites of that kind also.  So, good people need to support the sites that present both the truth and positive solutions for problems.

FP:  How can concerned people help this cause?

Johnson:  Please remember that without American military and political help these GCC societies cease to exist.  They have good reason to fear Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt – all of which have battle-hardened military forces nearby, while GCC Member States have none.

Our Congress can do a whole lot.  Economic sanctions contributed to the defeat of the racist, apartheid system in South Africa.  There must be some form of sanctions against these countries short of overcoming their equally justified fear of the inevitable strings attached to aid from either Russia or China.

This is what you can do.

1.  There nearly ten million immigrants from Indonesia, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka in the United States.  We must educate these immigrants.  It is their fellow citizens from their native countries that are abused in the Gulf Cooperation Council Member States.

2.  The rulers and elite of GCC countries are the most racist, xenophobic, hedonistic people on Earth.  They export Islamic fundamentalism – and support terrorism – all over the world.  Remember that 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11 came from Saudi Arabia, a GCC Member State which is supposed to be our ally.

3.  There are 435 Representatives and 100 Senators in the United States Congress.  If you educate your congressman and Senator and bring him or her to your side, the problem is solved.  Remember, without the military, political, and economic support of the United States these GCC Member States crumble.  We are by far their most important crude oil customer, and they know full well what would happen to their economies if we suddenly decided to use our own new-found domestic sources instead.

Write to your Congressman.  It is easy cut, copy, and paste.  Everything is on the website.

Send the website URL to all your Pakistani, Indonesian, Philippine, Sri Lankan, Indian, and Bangladeshi, friends, and to every human being you know who believes that men and women everywhere should have equal rights.  This is not about religion – it is about basic human rights.

Pakistani, Indonesian, and Bangladeshi women are being abused in the Middle East in spite of the fact that they are Muslims.  Not only Hindu and Christian immigrants are abused.  Muslim Immigrants, who are actually the majority of immigrants, are abused as well.

Human rights are not negotiable; they are inarguable; they must be protected and defended.

GCC countries are not only fundamentalist and xenophobic.  They also export terrorism.  Only multi-cultural, diverse, democratic, pluralistic nations that respect religious, ethnic, and racial diversity can be peaceful.  Those states that believe in radical and militant Islam, and practice xenophobia, are always dangerous to peace.  Therefore, we in the West, particularly in the United States, have vested interest in defending the rights of immigrants in those nations.

Also, if we in the United States support the rights of third-world, starving, Muslim immigrants (which their own governments are unwilling to do), we will have created a very positive image of the United States among the Muslim masses of the world.

What I am going to do is simple.  We at GCC Human Rights are going to start this grass-roots movement from Bowling Green.  We will lobby Mitch McConnell (Senate minority leader), Rand Paul (junior Senator from Kentucky), and Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee.  Also, we will write to Congressmen from Kentucky and Tennessee.  You can write to your own Senator and Representative.

Also, you can start a GCC Human Rights chapter in your own state and lobby your Congressmen and Senators.

By the way, we need funds to lobby.  We would like to open a lobbying office in Washington, DC.  For that we would need to cover rent, utilities, office equipment and supplies, plus at least clerical staff salaries – even if the actual lobbyists are able to volunteer their time.  Please use the “Donate” button on my site for that purpose, and give as generously as you can.

Remember, this is not about any one religion, nationality, ethnicity, or race.  It is about basic human rights – the same ones you or your ancestors came to the United States to have.

Even if you do nothing else, please tell your friends about this interview and send them the link to read it.  Ask them to then tell their friends too, and have those friends do the same.  We need to spread the word virally in order to be the wheel squeaking loudly enough to get attention.

Also, please send an e-mail to your Representative and Senator.  You can find their e-mail addresses and a sample message on my website.

Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of those millions of oppressed immigrant workers in Gulf Cooperation Council Member States.

Thank you.

FP:  Mr. Johnson, thank you for joining us and we wish you the best in this valiant humanitarian effort.

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  • Mark Townsend

    An insightful analysis. Nevertheless the problem has persisted for decades with little tangible progress made. Immigrant workers are still exposed to an arcane sponsorship system in almost every GCC state. Though often associated with non-skilled labour, exploitation permeates almost all expatriate labour typically in the retention of passports by employers and often used a bargaining stick. Some governments such as the Philippines and to some extent Indonesia have begun to clamp down on abuses but it is the tip of the iceberg, The US is in a position to push for the appointment of a diplomatic envoy representative of the governments' mentioned to push the GGC for reform. Though predominately a labour related matter, there has also been a marked deterioration in other areas of human rights in the GCC in particular freedom of expression.

  • Jim

    They treated the Filipino worker so badly at one time that Marcos ,of all people, stepped in to get some agreements made with the Arab governments.

    • rkpatel

      By the way,WHO said that WE-HUMANS in general and WE-INDIANS in particular were not only NOT-SAME as INSECTS,BIRDS,BEASTS,BRUTES or ANIMALS;but also even LOWER than THEM..!!

      Think about that for a moment..!!


  • Bamaguje

    Islam endorses slavery – especially of non-Muslims – so this report is not at all surprising.
    Muslim Arabs were forced and pressurized by the West to reluctantly abandon slavery, which is again rearing its ugly head among the selfish oil-rich Gulf Arabs.
    It took the threat of British Naval bombardment in the late 19th century, to shut down the world largest slave market in Zanzibar where Arabs trafficked in Black Africans.

    Mere criticism of Islam gets the OIC and other such International Muslim busy-bodies howling at the top of their voices, but what are these Muslim organizations doing about the systematic abuse of other Muslims by Gulf Arabs?
    Obviously Arab Muslims are superior to non-Arab Muslims, hence the non-Arab Muslims dare not criticise their Arab masters.

  • Steve Chavez

    What needs to be exposed, is that the Chinese are buying up as much property as possible in the Middle East and especially Africa. They are also buying up mineral rights. Other reports reveal that the Chinese are under-bidding many infrastructure projects in Africa and then bringing Chinese slave laborers to work on those project therefore causing unemployment among the Africans.

  • Linda Rivera

    The founder of Islam, Mohammad, married a six year old child when he was in his fifties. Mohammad was a HUGE SLAVE TRADER. Mohammad murdered/beheaded seven hundred Jewish men because of the Jews enormous love for, and allegiance to our Wonderful Creator. The loyal Jews refused to follow another god and the new religion of Mohammad. The Jews' wives and children were seized for slaves.

    Mohammad is regarded as the PERFECT man and role model for devout Muslims who follow their religion. There is no love, mercy, or compassion for innocent humanity in Islam.

  • Linda Rivera

    Hundreds of thousands of Black Sudanese Christian children and women have been taken for slaves by Sudan's Arab Muslims.

    Jihad Slavery in Sudan, with Dr Charles Jacobs

    May every slave be free one day!

  • UCSPanther

    I'd love to take some of those employers, and enslave them into doing heavy, long hard labour.

    See how they like it after a month.

  • Ghostwriter

    How ironic. If many of those same immigrants came legally to the United States,they'd be treated well and there are communities where they could be around others like them. After a while,if they wanted,they could become American citizens. That doesn't exist in the Middle East,where in essence,they're treated like garbage. How these people are treated is indescribably vile. Keep it up sir,and fight the good fight.

  • cynthia curran

    Why don't they hire their own people. There might be a few jobs where they can't. The problem the Arab world and Europe and the United States is they are unwilling to hire their own people and use work vistas instead. They probably might be some less violent if they hired other Arabs instead of having so much guest worker programs.

  • Anamah

    Islam is a disease

    • anonymus

      Your face is a disease.

  • Michael Devolin

    I would suggest making this reality a very public message in those countries from whence these workers originate. Are they not knowleagable of these dangers awaiting them in those Gulf states? The Arab Muslim employers are obviously not afraid of Western criticism, so why not concentrate on making these human rights infractions and homocides a very public issue in the countries where these workers come from?

  • SriKrishna

    Excellent report !. Thank you ! This is a major human rights violation by countries supported by the US!

    As a first step in educating the Human rights groups to take action, It is necessary to make a Video documentary of this report .

    A video on Youtube will bring awareness to the GCC criminal states, the accomplice politicians and governments in SriLanka, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Kenya and other countries, who allow this to happen to their own citizens, and most of all to the victims.