More allegations have emerged of physical abuse and poor conditions of workers building the massive U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
On Thursday, two American civilian contractors told the House Oversight committee that foreign workers were tricked into coming to Iraq and then barred from leaving after contractors took their passports. The Kuwaiti firm First Kuwaiti is overseeing the six-hundred million dollar project. It's slated to be the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in the world. American contractor John Owens said he found the working and living conditions for the workers "deplorable." Owens says the workers lived in tightly-packed trailers and were denied basics including shoes and gloves. They worked twelve-hour days, seven days a week, for as little as two-hundred forty dollars a month. Owens says workers were verbally and physically abused and docked pay for minor infractions.