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Conflict Incident Report

ISF arrests human trafficking gang in Chtoura

Date of incident: 
January 30, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Syrian Civilians/Refugees
ISF(internal security forces)

The Internal Security Forces General Directorate issued a statement on Saturday detailing the capture of a human-trafficking gang comprised of three individuals in Chtoura, following intensified investigations and monitoring missions.
Information started pouring in this week to the ISF branch in Bekaa about a gang of three people convincing two Syrian women along with their two infants that they could get them legally into Lebanon. The traffickers then started blackmailing them directly and through contact with the women's spouses, demanding $800 (USD).
The gang was lured by the ISF into Chtoura square, where they were arrested and handed over to the police for further investigations. The two women and their babies were released.

Primary category: 
Secondary Category: 
Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Power & governance conflicts
Violent or non-violent conflicts associated with antagonisms related to internal political tensions between local and/or national groups and parties. These tensions may be encouraged by internal, regional and international parties. Such conflicts are characterized by their defiance and/or opposition to central State power and governance.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Border conflicts (Syrian border)
Violations, disputes and/or conflicts arising between rival armed groups along the Lebanese/Syrian borders which involve parties or militant groups from the Lebanese and Syrian side in both Lebanon and Syria. These conflicts also encompass transnational groups (such as faith-based regional groups, e.g. ISIS, al-Nusra Front) that cannot be considered as strictly Syrian, Lebanese or of any other national entity.