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4,000 could die building Qatar World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is more than eight years away, but the human costs of preparing for the event are already piling up.

Qatar is expect to spend $100 billion on new infrastructure in the lead-up to the World Cup, and it’s been importing millions of much-needed migrant workers to do the construction. Most of these workers are from developing regions of South Asia — Nepal, India, Bangladesh, etc. — and they go to Doha in the hopes of a better life. Instead, what they find is akin to “modern-day slavery.”

Though the Qatar World Cup committee has denied human rights abuses, emerging reports indicate flagrant disregard for human life. Plus, it’s already on track to be the deadliest sporting event in history, taking the title from the previous record-holder: the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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