This study seeks to understand the risks and the challenges faced by Lebanese and Syrian women in prostitution that are living in Lebanon, including those that have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The study assesses their needs and identify gaps and reforms that aim at protecting and assisting prostituted women, including supporting them escaping prostitution should they wish to do so.
The study adopted a qualitative approach and the results were basedon semi-structured interviews with 19 women in prostitution (9 Syrian, 8 Lebanese, 1 Palestinian, and 1 Jordanian) as well as focusgroup discussions with 13 service providers from local and international organizations operating in Lebanon, and interviews with 27 keyinformants across relevant ministries, law enforcement authorities,UN agencies, local and international nonprofit organizations.
The study was conducted by Kafa (enough) Violence & Exploitation in cooperation with the American University of Beirut and the support of the Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University.
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.