BEIRUT: Police arrested three people on charges of human trafficking and one on charges of prostitution, the Internal Security Forces said in a statement Wednesday.
The Morals Protection Department of the Judicial Police detained a Lebanese national identified by his initials, A.S., 54, and a Syrian citizen, identified as H.S., 51, both of whom were accused of facilitating prostitution and human trafficking.
Interrogation with the two men revealed that another Syrian, identified as M.D., 43, was tasked with bringing the women from Syria. M.D. was caught red-handed at the residence of the Lebanese detainee, where he intended to “hand over" two Syrian women, the statement said.
M.D. told investigators he deceived the women and promised to employ them as domestic workers in Lebanon.
One of the two women, identified by the initials F.N., 26, was detained on charges of prostitution. The other woman, T.S., 48, was released on bail as she was considered a victim of human trafficking, the statement said.