Lebanon holds a strategic location in the Mediterranean region, and its position contributes to making it simultaneously a country of origin, transit and destination for human trafficking. Lebanon has also become a country of destination for trafficking for forced labour and sexual exploitation. The main countries of origin for labour exploitation are Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh, Nepal and Madagascar, whereas the victims of sexual exploitation come mainly from the Eastern European countries, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia.
The aim of this report is to present an overview of current anti-trafficking initiatives in Lebanon and outline the roles and responsibilities of governmental, non-governmental and other anti-trafficking actors. The report also presents data and analysis of migrant domestic workers (MDWs), women exploited in the sex industry and child trafficking. In addition, it looks into the existing regulations on foreign workers in Lebanon.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.