Erik Prince dubbed 'war profiteer' for charging $6,500 for flight out of Afghanistan

In addition to the government rescue mission, private entities are also offering overground travel out of Afghanistan


                            Erik Prince dubbed 'war profiteer' for charging $6,500 for flight out of Afghanistan
Erik Prince said he is offering people seats on a chartered plane out of Kabul for $6,500 per person (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Blackwater founder Erik Prince was massively trolled on social media for apparently charging upwards of $6,500 for a seat on a private charter out of Kabul amid the hasty evacuation operations in the Taliban-led country as the airlift deadline approaches. Prince said he is offering people seats on a chartered plane out of Kabul for $6,500 per person. Meanwhile, US and NATO forces are sending special rescue teams into Taliban-controlled areas of the city to help bring the stranded citizens to the Kabul airport.

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Reportedly, Western governments told aid organizations that evacuation flights won’t continue past Friday, August 27, as the US military will need the remaining days until the August 31 deadline to remove its own equipment and troops from Kabul. Thus, the evacuation operations to get as many Americans, green card holders and eligible Afghans out of Taliban-led Afghanistan are going on in full swing. 

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If the reports are to be believed, in addition to the government rescue mission, private entities are also offering overground travel out of Afghanistan. However, it is still not clear if the said private entities and  Prince have the capabilities to carry out private evacuations. According to reports, Prince faces UN sanctions over his sketchy work in Libya as his Blackwater guards were convicted of murder in 2014 while providing security for Americans in Iraq. Prince faced a huge backlash on social media as people called him 'war profiteer' in a 'humanitarian crisis'.

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'Erik Prince is dabbling in Human trafficking'

People flocked to Twitter to call out Prince for charging $6,500 a person for evacuation from Afghanistan. One user wrote, "Where everyone else sees a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, Erik Prince sees a business opportunity-- he is charging people $6,500 for a seat on a plane out."

Another commented, "Erik Prince is Betsy DeVos's Brother & the son of engineer and businessman Edgar Prince, WTF is he charging desperate people in Afghanistan $6500, to get out of there !?? AND WTF is he even allowed there !!!" One tweet read, "Say one more: How much did Erik Prince rake in for his part in the Afghanistan war?"

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Another user wrote, "I wish I believed in hell cuz then I would know Erik Prince would be heading there" One user commented, "Sounds like Erik Prince is dabbling in Human trafficking." Another tweet read, "War profiteer Erik Prince is selling seats on a chartered flight out of Kabul for $4500 each."


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