Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi speaks about the situation of domestic workers in Lebanon during a press conference in Beirut, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Wednesday rejected the notion that all foreign housemaids in Lebanon are poorly treated, criticizing countries that have banned their women from working in Lebanon and accusing embassy workers of human trafficking.The minister said that some women are finding illegal ways to enter Lebanon after some countries, including the Philippines and Ethiopia, banned their citizens from traveling to Lebanon over poor working conditions and mistreatment."The ministry has sent letters to the relevant governments informing them of the measures taken against people entering Lebanon illegally," Azzi added.He noted the existence of 523 maid agencies in Lebanon, down from 627 since an unspecified date, due to what he said was increased oversight by the government.About 200,000 foreign domestic workers are employed in Lebanon under the much-criticized sponsorship system.
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