From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Afghanistan: ‘Slave-like’ conditions at Swedish army base revealed
Monday 09 January 2012
Kitchen staff at Sweden’s military base in Afghanistan have been working in “slave-like conditions,” a Swedish newspaper has revealed.
Swedish Colonel Anders Loefberg blew the whistle at the weekend, telling the Expressen paper that staff had even been forced to pay to get a job at the Mazar-i-Sharif base.
Col Loefberg said the predominantly Indian and Nepalese workers were subjected to “inhuman conditions.
“It makes me livid,” he said.
“As a Swede you get outraged over all the injustices and we look at this type of exploitation very seriously.”
The firm subcontracted to feed the Swedish troops, Swiss outfit Supreme, has as yet refused to give any guarantees on compensation for the super-exploited staff.
It has sought to pass the buck to a recruitment agency allegedly based in India, which reportedly forced the staff to hand over up to eight months’ wages in order to get a job at the base.