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Conflict Incident Report

Prostitution ring busted in Zahle

Date of incident: 
June 22, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
State Security
Syrian Civilians/Refugees
Lebanese Civilians

The State Security of the Bekaa governorate arrested three suspects for allegedly leading a prostitution ring in Zahle. Two Syrian women and one Lebanese man were arrested following surveillance by security forces.

Another underage Syrian girl was arrested in connection with the prostitution ring. The adult suspects were referred to the relevant judiciary for further questioning. The minor was referred to the Zahle Police Station so her family could be contacted as she had been reported as “missing.”

Primary category: 
Gender Based Violence [inc. sexual violence]
Secondary Category: 
Illicit Trade/Trafficking/Smuggling
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Conflicts of social discrimination
Violent and unjust treatment of different categories of people and individuals based on race, age, gender or sexuality, committed by the State, groups and individuals, related to a lack of protection and rights, inefficiency of the Justice system and persisting social and economic vulnerabilities.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
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.