Syrian refugee children play in Barr Elias, Friday, March 1, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Human trafficking in Lebanon reached record levels last year, according to the head of the Internal Security Force's Vice Squad, with the number of victims expected to rise further as the war in neighboring Syria continues.Before the start of the Syrian uprising the number of trafficking victims in Lebanon was modest. In 2010, the ISF recorded eight victims, but after the anti-trafficking law was implemented in 2013, the number rose to a record 27, with 24 traffickers convicted. Initial reports said one of the suspects was Lebanese, but Asmar confirmed that both were Syrian nationals, identified as A.S. and H.S., aged 54 and 51, respectively. Both suspects are accused of facilitating prostitution and human trafficking. Interrogating the two suspects, Asmar's unit found that another Syrian, identified as M.D., 43, worked for the alleged ring as a recruiter and was tasked with bringing women from Syria under the false pretext of employment in domestic work.Upon arrival, the women were typically forced into prostitution, their identity documents and return card that would permit re-entry into Syria confiscated by the traffickers.
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