Monday, February 10, 2014

Migrant Workers Exploited to Make Sochi Winter Olympics Happen

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The Winter Olympics in Sochi have attracted interntaional attention. Think Progress reports on something not likely to be covered in the television coverage. 

As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, kick off this week, many Central Asian migrant workers who transformed the small resort town into a lavish, international winter sports hub will not be around to celebrate. Over the course of seven years of construction, at least 700 workers were not paid, with hundreds expelled to their home countries. 

The International Olympic Committee has launched a full investigation into the claims that hundreds of migrants who worked on the Sochi Games have not been paid.  NPR reports that activists, including those voicing concerns on the treatment of migrant workers, are suffering harassment and fear that it will escalate after the Olympics conclude and the world is not watching.


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