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ISF detains five after prostitution ring bust in Broummana

BROUMMANA, Lebanon: The Internal Security Forces busted a prostitution network in Broummana involving a 17-year-old girl last week, detaining three men and six women and announcing they were continuing to search for a member.“The judicial police’s Moral Protection Bureau received information about a network facilitating and involved in prostitution in Broummana,” the ISF said in a statement released over the weekend.

According to the statement, the raid took place Tuesday and led to the arrest of three men and six women aged between 48 and 17. They were all Syrian, the ISF added.

Investigations showed that the three men, whose initials are J.K., F.N. and D.T., were involved in the prostitution process. “During investigation, the girls confessed that the men were facilitating prostitution,” the statement said.

All three men, along with two of the women, have also been charged with drugs possession.

The 17-year-old, identified as H.K., said her fiancee, whom she was engaged to in Syria, sold her to someone for $3,000 when they arrived in Lebanon and took her ID, the ISF said. “They forced H.K. to work as a prostitute for free since they paid her fiancee,” the statement added.

H.K. was released on bail along with the other three girls.

“After 48 hours those detained will be transferred to the public prosecution in Mount Lebanon,” a judicial source told the Daily Star.

The ISF also said a search was still in progress for another person involved in facilitating the network.

If charged with prostitution, those detained will be jailed for up to six months, the source added.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 23, 2014, on page 4.

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