First criminal case alleging slavery and slave trade of migrant domestic worker in Lebanon brought forward

The first criminal case filed in Lebanon alleging slavery and slave trading of a migrant domestic worker by a Lebanese kafala employer was set to open Tuesday but was postponed when the defendants failed to appear in court.

The worker was allegedly imprisoned by her employer in the home where she worked for nearly eight years, during which she was not allowed to go out or to take any days off and was not paid her salary, says Fatima Chehade, LAW’s Lebanon program manager. Her passport had also allegedly been confiscated. Chehade declined to name the defendants, citing confidentiality rules.

English | October 19, 2021



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