Fault Lines - America's War Workers - full episode

June 9, 2015 6:45PM ET

Fault Lines investigates the system that brings foreign laborers to work on US military bases in Afghanistan


Today there are nearly 40,000 foreign contract workers on bases in the U.S. military’s Central Command. Hailing primarily from India and Nepal, these laborers serve American troops in facilities in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. These “third country nationals” are willing to travel to a warzone for the promise of a high salary.

In its investigation, Fault Lines finds that these laborers regularly end up deceived and indebted, victims of local recruiters who charge thousands of dollars for a chance to be placed in one of these jobs and labor traffickers who profit from military contracts.

Has the U.S. military come to rely on an indentured workforce? Fault Lines retraces the journey that these workers often make—from villages in India to labor camps in Dubai—to examine how the U.S. staffs its bases during wartime.

Original air date: March 7, 2014


Executive Producer: Mathieu Skene, Senior Producer: Reem Akkad @reemakkad, Correspondent: Anjali Kamat @anjucomet, Producers: Samuel Black @potter_black, Director of Photography: Richard Rowley @bignoisefilms, Editor: Warwick Meade @warwickmeade, Associate Producer: Nafeesa Syeed @nafeesasyeed, Additional Editing: Jennifer Beman @jbwpost, Production Manager: Dana Merwin @dana_merwin, Production Assistance: Zahra Rasool @RXahra, Melissa Etehad @melissaetehad, Omar Duwaji @mideasternist, Michelle Koepp @michelle_koepp, Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath @elledubg, Senior Digital Producer: Kristen Taylor @kthread, Digital Producer: Danielle Powell @daniellejenene, Tamil Transcription: Naveena Sadasivam, Digital Production Assisstance: Gavin McIntyre @gavin_mci, Special thanks to Qais Azimy, Pratap Chatterjee, Prasanth Kalarikkal, Darryl Li

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