Cases of Kafala Abuse in Lebanon

Keriya’s family contacted This Is Lebanon on 23 December 2018. They were worried because Keriya, an Ethiopian national, had been in Lebanon for six years. She had finished her contract. Why hadn’t she come home? Why hadn’t she sent them any money for six months?

Keriya, Released from Kafala Slavery

"They removed my uniform. I was standing there in my bra and underpants." Cesar Gebara abuses and violates his domestic workers.

The Mighty Cesar Gebara of Beirut is a Violent Man

This Is Lebanon has received multiple testimonies about the alleged abuse committed by Chadi Chami, the owner of Chadi Trading. The testimonies come from women who came to Lebanon as domestic workers through his agency in Jbeil (Byblos).

This Is Lebanon has heard multiple testimonies alleging that Maroun Khawand, the owner of Mermaidia Agency, beats up and hurts Filipino workers he hires to come to Lebanon. We have been sent pictures of bruises by the women who have been beaten up by Maroun. His Filipino accomplice, Maricel, is based in Dubai.

According to Eva, Sarah placed more value on stray dogs than on human beings. Eva recounts how Sarah once beat her up when her pet dog urinated inside the house, blaming Eva for not taking it outside early enough. Another time, an Ethiopian colleague spilled rice on the floor and when Eva brought tissues to clean up, Sarah beat her up for not bringing towels. She hit her so badly that Eva attempted to jump out of the window, but Sarah stopped her. Eva asked to be taken back to the agency [to terminate her contract] but Sarah refused. Eva recounts that Sarah was always angry and aggressive.

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


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