Cases of Kafala Abuse in Lebanon

Ruth was sexually harassed by Meriam’s father, treated like an animal, and sent home without $1,500 of her salary.

Bilal Bou Khaled and Meriam Kassem - Abusers and Slaveholders

Lena Aad publicly humiliated her by stripping her on the street. To date, Selina has not been paid by her or Rashed Ghandour.

Rashed Ghandour and Lena Aad - Abusers and Slaveholders in Lebnaon

Glencia worked for Najla Saad for 18 years. She was undocumented for 13 of those years. She returned home to the Philippines in a coffin.

Najla Saad Leaves her Worker Undocumented for 13 Years

Abay worked for Peter Kojrian and Anny Balsanian in Beirut for three years. She alleges she had to beg and cry to get her salary, and often went 6-7 months without being paid, and even then he allegedly only paid her a month’s salary. She told her employer Anny that she wanted to return home, and Anny said she would go 15 days later. Abay says her employers refused to give her her passport.

Peter Kojrian & Anny Balsanian Don't Pay Their Employees

“I was working in the kitchen and he grabbed me. I tried to fend him off but I couldn’t…He choked me and squeezed by breast. It was very painful"

Ali Hammoud of Sidon - Repeatedly Raped His Enslaved Ethiopian Worker

Halima was a slave for Ibtissam Saade for 10 whole years – not a single phone call to her husband and three young daughters. Constant physical and verbal abuse.

Women's Rights Don't Apply to Kafala Workers for Ibtisaam Saade


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