Palestinian refugee children play at the Children and Youth Center in Shatila camp, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Four children sell tissues in the middle of the road adjacent to the market in Sabra.The officers documented that a woman, later identified as Lebanese, would drop off the four children in the morning and pick them up during the evening.The suspects, who did not confess during the interrogation, have been accused of running a child trafficking ring. The child victims, including three siblings, were referred to House of Hope orphanage in the Baabda town of Kahaleh, as per prosecutor Rajaa Harmoush's request. Child trafficking is on the rise due to the conflict in Syria and Lebanon's worsening security situation.Child trafficking victims are typically mistrustful at first, George said.The parents arrested last week lived here and had arrived to Lebanon a mere month before.Parents have a hand in allowing their children to beg, said Mahmoud M. Abbas, a social worker with Children and Youth Center in Beirut's Shatila camp.
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