BEIRUT – Lebanon`s security forces have dismantled the country`s biggest known sex trafficking ring and liberated 75 mainly Syrian women, a security source said on Friday.
They had been raped and beaten, while some showed signs of “mutilation”, a statement from the Internal Security Forces said.
“This is the largest sex trafficking ring we`ve uncovered since the outbreak of the Syrian war,” a Lebanese security source told AFP.
Police officers in the Mount Lebanon region north of Beirut “identified and arrested a group of people who made up Lebanon`s most dangerous human trafficking network”, the ISF statement said.
Cops in the Mount Lebanon district north of Beirut “distinguished and captured a gathering of individuals who made up Lebanon`s most unsafe human trafficking system”, the ISF proclamation said.
They “rescued 75 women, most of them Syrian nationals who had been subjected to beatings and psychological and physical torture, forced to perform sexual acts and had indecent images of them taken and distributed,” it said.
Ten men and eight women guarding the apartments where the victims were kept have been arrested, the statement said.
Two other suspects remain at large.
Speaking to AFP, the security source added that “an eight-month-old baby, likely the child of one of the rescued women, was also found”.
Even before the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, Syrian women had been pushed into the illicit sex trade in neighbouring Lebanon.
“However, as with any war, conflict has made Syrian women and children even more vulnerable,” the source said.
1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap
DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.
The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.
Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.Follow @gorkhapost