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Lebanon Abuse Asian, East European Women!

Postby haroun » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:43 am

The U.S. State Department has said that Lebanon is a destination country for trafficking in persons and criticized the government for not complying with minimum standards for the elimination of such acts.
"Lebanon is a destination country for the trafficking of Asians and Africans for the purpose of domestic servitude and for Eastern European and Syrian women trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation," the Department said Tuesday in its 2007 Trafficking in Persons Report.

It also said that children are trafficked within Lebanon for sexual exploitation and forced labor and that Asian women are subjected to conditions of involuntary servitude.

"Many (of the Asian women) suffer physical and sexual abuse, non-payment of wages, threats, and withholding of passports," the report said.

"Eastern European and Syrian women come to Lebanon on "artiste" visas, but some become victims of forced prostitution," it added.

"The Government of Lebanon does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so," the Department said.

It said Premier Fouad Saniora's government set up on January 2006 an inter-ministerial committee to address the rights of migrant workers.

"Nonetheless, Lebanon continues to lack a comprehensive anti-trafficking law, and its record of criminal prosecutions of abusive employers and sex traffickers remained inadequate," it said.

The Department also said that Lebanon made little progress in the prevention of trafficking in persons.

However, it said, the Lebanese government continues to distribute brochures highlighting workers' rights and remedies in partnership with a local non-governmental organization.

The State Department's annual report has analyzed efforts in about 164 countries to combat trafficking for forced labor, prostitution, military service and other purposes.

Launching the 236-page report, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cited "disturbing evidence" that prosecution of human trafficking cases had leveled off across the globe.

In countries with major human trafficking problems, "only a couple" of traffickers were brought to justice," she said. "This cannot and must not be tolerated."

U.S. government research shows 800,000 people are trafficked across national borders, about 80 percent of them women and girls and up to half minors, the State Department said.(Naharnet-AFP)

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