Monday, September 19, 2005

Trafficking In Persons

I have written previously about the maltreatment of foreign workers (and specially workers from East Asia and Africa) in Lebanon. This report provides an insight into what difficulties these workers go through, and the hell they are sometimes forced to live in:

"In the course of my mission, I have found that a significant number of human beings, women in the majority, are trafficked into and within Lebanon. Unfortunately, their plight seems to remain unknown to significant parts of Lebanese society, perhaps because the victims tend to be foreign nationals or are considered to be of low social status. Lebanon's victims of trafficking are often invisible victims because they suffer in places that remain hidden to the public eye such as private homes or hotel rooms. Many of my interlocutors, including senior government officials, also acknowledged that widely held attitudes of discrimination on the basis of race, colour, ethnicity, and gender contribute to the prevalence of human trafficking. Social and cultural taboos preventing public discussion of issues related to sexual exploitation are also a factor."

The report was out last week, the question is, what will be done about it?