Beneath Modern Sheen Of Gulf States Is Slave Labor

Gulf states like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are well-known for their gleaming skyscrapers and other conspicuous emblems of wealth. But underneath their modern sheen lies a problem as old as civilization – a labor system that makes migrant workers into modern slaves.

A worker passes by a wall painting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)

The awe-inspiring skyscrapers and buildings that litter the region have been described as being “stained by the blood of migrant workers.” This subjugation of laborers lines corporate coffers while putting the lives of migrant workers at risk. Though many believe slavery is a thing of the past, it is very much alive in the regimes of the Persian