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Exploitation of North Korean Laborers in Qatar

The laborers and local construction managers tell VOA that they work extreme hours with most of their pay confiscated by North Korean officials.
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There are about 1.4 million foreign laborers in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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There are about 1.4 million foreign laborers in Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)

Qatar plans US$220 billion infrastructure development over the next decade, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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Qatar plans US$220 billion infrastructure development over the next decade, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)

VOA met with North Koreans away from the construction sites where they work, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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VOA met with North Koreans away from the construction sites where they work, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)

An empty lot in a diplomatic area where foreign laborers catch their commuter buses to construction sites, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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An empty lot in a diplomatic area where foreign laborers catch their commuter buses to construction sites, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)

Foreign laborers are taken to and from labor camps by commuter buses that have no air-conditioning. The only ventilation is from open windows and small fans, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)  
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Foreign laborers are taken to and from labor camps by commuter buses that have no air-conditioning. The only ventilation is from open windows and small fans, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)

 

A North Korean labor camp in the Al Sailiya industrial area, about 12 km away from Doha. Commuter buses pick the laborers up, arriving around 5am and dropping them off in late afternoon, Al Sailiya, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014.(Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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A North Korean labor camp in the Al Sailiya industrial area, about 12 km away from Doha. Commuter buses pick the laborers up, arriving around 5am and dropping them off in late afternoon, Al Sailiya, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014.(Eunjung Cho/VOA)

North Korean labor camp, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Umm Salal Muhammad)  
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North Korean labor camp, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Umm Salal Muhammad)
 

One of the construction sites where North Korean laborers work, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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One of the construction sites where North Korean laborers work, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014. (Eunjung Cho/VOA)

Laborers return to their labor camps sometime after 4pm, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014.(Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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Laborers return to their labor camps sometime after 4pm, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014.(Eunjung Cho/VOA)

Laborers at work, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014.(Eunjung Cho/VOA)
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Laborers at work, Doha, Qatar, Dec. 17, 2014.(Eunjung Cho/VOA)

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