The Government of Lebanon does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Lebanon remained on Tier 2. These efforts included convicting more traffickers and referring more trafficking victims to NGO protection services than in the previous reporting period. The government also waived overstay fines for at least 1, foreign domestic workers—a population highly vulnerable to trafficking—to allow them to return home. The government continued its longstanding partnerships with NGOs, including through improved cooperation to screen for potential victims in a government-run migrant detention center, and it made modest progress to prevent trafficking. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas.
2018 Trafficking in Persons Report - Lebanon
The Syrian Women and Girls Sold into Sexual Slavery in Lebanon · Giving Compass
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. The government should enforce its anti-trafficking law more effectively, remove obstacles to reporting trafficking, improve police coordination, and provide support to trafficking survivors. Syrian women appear to be at particular risk of trafficking into forced prostitution and sexual exploitation in Lebanon. A series of raids in and found dozens of Syrian women being held against their will and exploited. In March, in one recent case, security officers freed as many as 75 Syrian women from two brothels, Chez Maurice and Silver-B.
The Syrian women and girls sold into sexual slavery in Lebanon
The only time Rama, a year-old from Syria, broke down as she recalled her months of torture and sexual enslavement in a human trafficking ring in Lebanon was when she described how she lost her faith. Over the course of an hour, Rama — not her real name — described in harrowing detail a hellish nine months as part of the largest sex trafficking ring ever uncovered in Lebanon , in which she endured torture, including being beaten with cables and an electric baton, with a bathroom mat in her mouth to keep her from screaming. She was forced to have sex on average 10 times a day and imprisoned in a decrepit house without even a glimpse of sunlight. She also detailed the abuse of the other women who were enslaved in the network, forced to have abortions after unprotected sex with customers, and subjected to inhumane physical and psychological torture.
The Government of Lebanon does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Lebanon remained on Tier 2. The government demonstrated increasing efforts by investigating and prosecuting significantly more trafficking cases and referring an increased number of trafficking victims to NGO-run protective services.