The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) expresses its serious concern regarding the well-being of the 75 young Syrian Refugees who were victims of a human trafficking ring in Lebanon. These young Syrian refugees were rescued by the General Directorate for the Internal Security in Lebanon on March 30, 2016. Since the successful and commendable rescue mission by the Lebanese authorities, more facts are still missing about one of the most dangerous human trafficking networks in Lebanon. According to Lebanese Police and several media reports, the girls were totally imprisoned in a sealed facility, totally alienated and isolated from the outside world and were subject to immense inhumane abuse physically and mentally and forced to be sex slaves to sex seeking customers.
Most of the young girls were subject to forced abortion and made to be nothing but sex-toys to others. Several were missing and killed; and many others were mutilated by amputation. This alarming example serves as a painful reminder to all peace-loving people in the world that human trafficking is a universal challenge and is part of every society’s make up. It varies from one place to another, however the crime is one and the same. Human Trafficking impacts every region of the world and in developed and developing countries alike. It is a crime against humanity that must be condemned by all people in the strongest terms and those criminal traffickers must be brought to justice.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) commends the Lebanese authorities for their successful operation saving these victims and trusts that it will pursue and capture the criminals and hold them accountable for their inhumane crime.
AHRC calls upon the United Nations Human Rights Commission to interfere and lend all the much needed help to these helpless victims and provide them with a safe haven. These young girls have lived an immense trauma and are in need of true assistance to purse a normal life. AHRC also calls on the U.S. Administration and the U.S. Human Rights Commission to help rescue these innocent victims and provide them with the opportunity of a new life and secured future in the USA. These helpless refuges deserve our compassion and need our assistance.
“Human Trafficking is a crime against the basic core of our human foundation,” said Imad Hamad, Executive Director of AHRC-USA. “This heinous crime violates the basic human right to safety and security, and freedom from all forms of violence as well as respect for human dignity,” added Mr. Hamad.