A Bleak Look at the Life of Migrant Workers Building Qatar’s World Cup


Direct link to the Amnesty International report on Qatar’s labor practices in anticipation of the 2022 World Cup in PDF format for download.

The report is the product of three years’ investigation; certainly worth ten minutes to download and skim, if not a bit longer to read.

Slavery is alive and well in the 21st century, and it’s bringing you the World Cup in nine years. What are you going to do about it, futbol fans?



It’s disgusting, but part of a longstanding problem in the region. Immigrant workers in Dubai have been brought over for years, essentially held hostage, forced to work as slave-labor, beaten or murdered when they try to collect their wages or leave; their communications back home are monitored and censored. And they’ve been dying on worksites, forced to labor without safety equipment or breaks.

It’s slavery. It’s nothing less than slavery, and it’s happening today, and it’s happening all over the world.

It’d be nice if we, as consumers/travelers, and as citizens of our nation holding our government accountable (ha!), could show our displeasure with more than mere words about this travesty. For now, however, like many, I am at a loss as to what that solution looks like, which makes it all the more frustrating.