Stopping "Traffick"

By Brooks, Doug | Stability Operations, July/August 2011 | Go to article overview

Stopping "Traffick"


Brooks, Doug, Stability Operations


TCNs and the Challenges of Human Resources in Stability Operations

A recent article in The New Yorker raised the ugly issue of labor trafficking in contingency operations. The article mentions food riots, illegal payments to recruiters of Third Country Nationals (TCNs), and deceptive practices used to trick employees into operating in war zones. Although this is far from a new problem, it has never been comprehensively addressed and violations undermine the legitimacy and accomplishments of the mission itself. Too often the issue is ignored by governments in the face of more pressing conflict-related problems, or simply due to the pressure to obtain the very lowest price from their contractors.

TCNs come from all over the world and they add enormous capability and value to contingency operations. No international stability policy could succeed without the cost-effective labor, expertise and off-the-shelf experience TCNs bring to the field. In fact, employing local hires is by far the best value and offers vast economic and capacitybuilding benefits. Sometimes, however, necessary skill sets are unavailable or vetting locals is an issue, and the problem of insurgent infiltration means that clients prefer that employees hail from neutral places. i.e. third countries.

Problems arise when rules are ignored, or brokers seek money not only from the company looking for vetted employees, which is legal, but also demand money from the desperate TCNs willing to pay exorbitant amounts to get the relatively high-paying jobs, which is illegal. Other problems include misinforming potential employees about the risks, the potential salaries, or confiscating their passports so they cannot travel. Contingency contractors hiring TCNs or using subcontractors that hire TCNs need to be vigilant to ensure that their employees are not victimized. To successfully address the problem, however, it will take the larger clients, especially governments, paying attention and questioning their contractors.

In fact, ensuring that labor-trafficking laws and regulations are followed provides very real qualitative benefits. As one company executive put it, ?do you want to hire the best truck driver in Pakistan, or the best truck driver who can pay the $3,000 the broker demands of him?' These kinds of kickbacks and unnecessary barriers to free labor artificially restrict the pool of potential labor, undermine the quality of personnel and hamper the ability of employees to focus on the duties they have been hired to undertake.

Finally, TCNs work in stability operations because they want to be there. The very fact that they have been willing to pay illegal bribes to shady brokers demonstrates how valuable the employment is too many in the world. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Stopping "Traffick"
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.