Human Rights Watch estimates more than 16,000 migrant workers from outside Russia are working around the clock to create a premier winter sports destination at the Black Sea coast resort town of Sochi, with state-of-the-art sports venues in the nearby Caucasus Mountains. In a survey of 66 migrant workers, the group found typical earnings to be between 55 and 80 rubles an hour—that's $1.80 to $2.60. Even with such low wages, workers consistently say they're not getting paid in full—and sometimes not at all.
Migrant workers sleep in a car in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, on Sept. 21.
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