Victims were tortured and only left house for abortions and treatment for venereal diseases in case that has shocked country. Tucked in a leafy suburb of the Lebanese town of Jounieh, a short drive from the sparkling Mediterranean, stands a monument to human cruelty. In this derelict two-story house, 75 Syrian women were forced into sexual slavery, the largest human trafficking network ever uncovered in Lebanon. The windows and balconies are barred — giant cages where windows are painted black, depriving the women even of sunlight. The women left the house to get abortions, of which they had about They also left to be treated for venereal diseases, contracted after being forced to have unprotected sex with customers, or to be treated for skin ailments, brought on by their lack of exposure to the sun. The house, called Chez Maurice, is now empty and sealed with red tape.
But while the anti-sexual harassment laws were groundbreaking, activists say they fall far short of what is needed to protect women in Lebanon , as they failed to criminalise marital rape and underage marriage, while potentially making it difficult for women who want to come forward to report abuse. But the NCLW is working to fill the gaps in law. And NCLW continues to follow up on its referral and endorsement. Trying to change the laws around underage marriage has been a years-long fight. According to the UN, one of the reasons this issue is so difficult to address is due to the number of different religious courts present in Lebanon.
Metrics details. Many constituents contribute to the rise of sex work in Lebanon such as the socio-economic situation in the country poverty, increased unemployment rates, and religious divisions , as well as the political and social instability. Several emotional and psychological factors such as depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, emotional abuse, may force some people to rely on trading sex as a coping strategy for persevering. Therefore, it was deemed interesting to explore and understand factors that are correlated with sex work in Lebanon where no study, to our knowledge, has been written on this critical point. The objective of the study was to assess factors such as trauma, child abuse, partner abuse, depression, anxiety, and stress associated with women joining sex work among a sample of the Lebanese population. A case-control study was conducted on a group of women 60 sex workers recruited from a prison for women involved in sex work matched for age and sex with a control group 60 non-sex workers. Controls were chosen from the same prison population as the sex workers.