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Sex trafficking of Syrian women in Beirut exposed

8-8-2018

As part of its anti-human trafficking campaign, the Criminal Court of Beirut sentenced members of a prostitution network, Ali and Abbas, Syrian nationals, to one and half year imprisonment and with up to LBP 200 thousand fines each for the charge of luring girls into sex work. Samir, a suspect at large and the ex of one of the girl victims, was also punished with 10 years of hard labor and was stripped of his civil rights. As for the victims, Salwa and Majida, they were sentenced with 2 months imprisonment. In the details of the ruling pronounced by Judge Sammy Sedqi, the information available at the Anti Human Trafficking and Morals Protection Bureau pointed to the involvement of Ali and Abbas in facilitating prostitution for a number of Syrian girls in Beirut by contacting them on three cellular lines. As a result, a unit patrol arrested all suspects, and Salwa admitted receiving USD 100 per hour, half of which went to her procurers. Majida, in turn, said she was sold from one ring facilitator to another at USD 1,500. (Al Mustaqbal, August 8, 2018)

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