Qatar: ‘They think that we’re machines’: Forced labour and other abuse of migrant workers in Qatar’s private security sector

Despite important labour reforms of the kafala sponsorship system since 2017, migrant workers across Qatar’s private security sector continue to be subjected to serious labour abuses including forced labour. The accounts of the security guards and safety officers interviewed by Amnesty International reveal a wide range of abuse and exploitation taking place in eight private security companies. These include excessive working hours, lack of rest days, and arbitrary or disproportionate financial penalties, as well as underpayment of overtime work, potentially dangerous working conditions, substandard living conditions and discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, and language.

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