Two hotels in Beirut, Lebanon were raided last month, resulting in the rescue of 75 Syrian women who had been trafficked for sex. Fleeing a war zone back home, they’d followed promises of work in Lebanon, only to find themselves locked in a filthy hotel and forced to have sex with as many as 20 men a day. The traffickers made an estimated $1 million per month from their enslavement.
“A Lebanese doctor was hired to perform abortions whenever the women became pregnant. As many as 200 operations are understood to have been carried out.”
The case came to light when four women escaped the watchful eye of their guards and reached a police station.
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- War zones create profound moments of vulnerability. While some women are being trafficked into Syria, others are being trafficked out.
- The women who escaped told their story to a minibus driver, who then brought them to the police. Fortunately, the bus driver didn’t exploit their precarious position (as some would), and the police took the case seriously. One of the worst things to happen to a victim is police corruption, especially if they’re in cahoots with the traffickers.
- This is just one more reason we must care about what is happening in Syria. Not only does the war need to end (the solutions to which are quite muddled), but we need to step up our game with refugee support and sponsorship.