Compared to the living quarters for the United States military, standards are similar. Army trainees get at least 72 square feet (pdf, pg. 25). Meanwhile, a Navy submariner gets 15 square feet for rest.

As extreme as the close quarters sounds, spelling them out is part of an effort to stave off human trafficking. Over and over again the US has hired contractors in the Middle East who tricked or coerced workers into modern-day slavery. The solicitation also specifies that workers must have free access to their passports and that they are presented printed materials on workers’ rights in their own language.

Correction: An earlier version of the graphic in this piece incorrectly displayed the relative areas of living spaces.

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