• Rape victims’ families may offer rapists marriage as an alternative to preserve family honor.
• Source and destination country for women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.
• May also be a transit point for Eastern European women and children destined for sex trafficking in other Middle Eastern countries
• Brothels licensed. Regular testing for disease.
• Government’s artiste visa program in 2010 facilitated the entry of 5,595 women from Eastern Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria on three-month visas to work as dancers in the adult entertainment industry. Serves to sustain a significant sex trade and enables forced prostitution through such practices as withholding of passports and restrictions on movement.
• Some Syrian street prostitutes may be forced to engage in the sex trade.
• Syrian girls are reportedly brought to Lebanon for the purpose of prostitution, including through the guise of early marriage.
• NGO KAFA (Enough) Violence and Exploitation, nonspousal rape was relatively common.
• KAFA reported 80% of domestic violence victims suffered spousal rape.
• Some religious courts may legally require a battered wife to return to her home despite physical abuse.
• A man who kills his wife or other female relative may receive reduced sentence if he demonstrates crime committed in response to a socially unacceptable sexual relationship conducted by the victim.
• Training provided by NGOs reportedly led to increased recognition that nonpayment of wages and physical abuse of domestic workers are indicators of human trafficking.
Sources: U.S. Department of State 2010 Human Rights Report, U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2011