The Trump International Golf Club in Dubai is damaging the reputation of the United States in Asia by refusing to pay migrant workers on time.
An explosive New York Times expose by Peter Goodman reports that migrant workers from India, Pakistan and Nepal are consistently paid late by Trump International contractors — forcing their families in Asia to take out loans to cover delayed remittances.
“He has countless amounts of money!” a 24-year-old Pakistani “fumed” to The Times. “We are very far away from our houses, from our children, our families. It hurts us.”
The Dubai golf course officially opened shortly after President Donald Trump was sworn-in as President of the United States. It includes a “gated complex of 4,000 luxury villas and 7,500 condos selling for up to $4 million each.”
A second Trump-branded golf course is being built less than 20 miles away.
“The migrant workers make $200 to $400 a month, money that frequently comes weeks or months late, prompting recent strikes, according to interviews conducted by The New York Times with two dozen current and former workers at the Damac Hills course, where hundreds of laborers have been employed in recent years,” Goodman reported. “The workers say they struggle to cover debts amassed in paying recruitment agents for their jobs, while confronting physical hardships and violations of their rights under local labor laws.”
“Trump is not the owner or developer of Trump International Golf Club Dubai nor does it oversee construction or employ or supervise any of the companies or individuals who have been retained to work on the building of the project,” Trump organization spokesperson Amanda Miller told The Times, after the White House declined to comment.
Every single current or former worker interviewed by The Times said their employer “held” their passports, which “effectively makes it impossible for them to seek better positions elsewhere.”
“We really don’t want to be in a situation where senior government officials are thinking about how much money they are going to cost themselves by enforcing U.S. government policy,” Stanford Law professor Robert W. Gordon explained. “We are talking here about the head of the U.S. government personally benefiting from lax labor standards in another country.”
“My family is dependent on me,” the Pakistani worker explained. “When I don’t send money, shopkeepers stop giving groceries to my family.”