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Indentured servitude: maybe not such a good idea

May 12, 2009

Bahrain is invalidating the kafil system by which foreign workers are at the mercy of their sponsors, to abuse, extort and deport as they will. Will that be enough? Dubai has a reformed kafil system – not to ensure against abuse of workers but to allow foreigners to buy property without sponsorship by a UAE national – and its workers’ conditions are notoriously awful.

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