Lebanese police bust human trafficking ring, rescue 75 sex slaves

Published March 31st, 2016 - 06:06 GMT
Human trafficking, especially of Syrian girls, is on the rise in Lebanon. (Shutterstock)
Human trafficking, especially of Syrian girls, is on the rise in Lebanon. (Shutterstock)

The Internal Security Forces said Thursday it had busted the "most dangerous" human trafficking ring in Lebanon and rescued 75 girls forced into prostitution.

A police statement said 18 people suspected of involvement in the ring were arrested on March 27 and March 29 in Jounieh, north of Beirut.

Raids were carried out at apartments and nightclubs used as venues by the traffickers, the statement added.

Police arrested 10 men and eight female domestic workers who were used to guard the apartments. Two members of the ring are still on the run.

The nationalities of those detained were not given.

The statement said most of the 75 sex slaves rescued were Syrian. It described them as "girls," suggesting they may have been minors, although no ages were provided.

They were subject to psychological and physical torture, and were threatened that naked pictures and videos of them would be published online if they refused to have sex with clients.

The girls were handed over to a number of NGOs as per a judicial request, the statement said.


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