Posted by Satyam, Think Progress August 29, 2008. A
160. Defendants' actions as set forth above constitute the torts of trafficking in persons, involuntary servitude, forced labor, and slavery.
161. Trafficking in persons in a modern day form of slavery, and along with
involuntary servitude and forced labor constitutes a tort in violation of the law of nations and/or in violation of treaties of the
The families claim the men had been promised jobs in a posh hotel in
Another Nepalese worker, who survived the attack and escaped, also is a plaintiff. He maintains he was forced to work at Al Asad Air Base as a warehouse loader for 15 months.
The suit was filed yesterday in federal court, The Washington Post writes.
Heather Browne, a spokeswoman for Houston-based KBR, declined to comment, saying the company had not seen the lawsuit.
The plaintiffs' attorney, Agnieszka Fryszman, told the Associated Press the men came from poor families that went into debt to send them abroad to work. Their deaths pushed the families deeper into poverty.
"It seemed there were a number of different recruiters and different contractors, but they all seem to end at KBR's doorstep," Fryszman said.
In May, the U.S. Labor Department determined that the spouses and parents of the Nepalese were entitled to compensation. Each spouse and set of parents are to receive monthly payments of $233, plus $75 for victims who had children.
This has happened before
Pilipinos Kidnapped and
Forced to work on US Embassy in
The Oversight Committee holds a hearing, "Allegations of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse at the New U.S. Embassy in