Indentured (10min) investigates the living conditions of South Asian laborers working on U.S. military subcontracts in Iraq. Over 60,000 nameless workers, called Third Country Nationals (TCNs) because they're neither American nor Iraqi, toil inside U.S. bases in Iraq as food servers, custodians, construction workers and more. But unlike American contractors who often make six figure salaries in Iraq, these men typically make less than two dollars an hour.
Nepalese custodians talk about the illegal broker's fees they had to pay to get their jobs on the base. A Nepalese supervisor explains how they are brought into Iraq against U.S., Nepalese and Iraqi law. These testimonials are presented along side the U.S. government's guidelines to define human smuggling and human trafficking, which suggest that large-scale labor abuses are happening inside U.S. bases in Iraq.
"Indentured has done more to raise Congressional and public awareness of the unabated trafficking in humans than all of the government's annual reports combined. Indentured not only exposes the exploitative process so pervasive in government contracting abroad, it also highlights the fact that this terrible crime being paid for by the U.S. taxpayer is not without victims."
– Sam McCahon, Owner McCahon Law Film, former Federal Prosecutor, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, former Trial Attorney for U.S. Army
"This film gives us the best of what "new media" can offer by shining a light on a story largely ignored in the mainstream media. This is the kind of film that can help us understand fundamental wrongs and demand change."
– Art Neill, Attorney at New Media Rights
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Articles & Resources
Trafficking in Persons Report, U.S. State Dept Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, 2011 (Microsoft Word download)
General George Casey's Orders issued April 2006 (PDF download)
2006 U.S. State Department Factsheet, Distinctions between Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking (PDF download)