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Lebanon police bust prostitution ring involving Syrian minor

A general view of Beirut seen from Beit Mery, Tuesday, March 19, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces said Wednesday that they busted a prostitution ring in the Metn town of Beit Mery, arresting six people including a Syrian minor.

On July 26, a 21-year-old Syrian woman filed a complaint against a man identified as Fawaz Jomaa, a Syrian, for confiscating her identification documents and blackmailing her into prostitution, the ISF said in a statement.

Police launched an investigation into the woman’s claims and a month later raided a house used for prostitution in Beit Mery.

The raid resulted in the arrest of Jomaa, 45, and his 25-year-old Lebanese wife on charges of running and facilitating the work of the prostitution ring.

The ISF also detained two Syrian men on charges of facilitating prostitution, a 35-year-old Syrian woman, and a 16-year-old Syrian girl for prostitution.

The raid was carried out by the Moral Protection Bureau of the ISF.

 

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