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Despite the legal framework in Lebanon to assist victims of human trafficking and prosecute perpetrators, an awareness and recommendations workshop entitled "Trafficking in Persons" Tuesday looked at the gaps that remain in the state's handling of cases.The aim of the session was to examine human trafficking in the context of Lebanon.Experts agree that wars always bring a surge in cases of human trafficking and the Syrian crisis is no different. Following Lebanon's ratification of the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons in 2005, the passing of law 164 in 2011 criminalized human trafficking and provided more protection for victims. However, effectively addressing human trafficking in Lebanon still has a long road ahead to dramatically curtail the crime. Tabet also added that in no circumstances should the victim to be penalized in human trafficking cases.Major Talal Yousef of the Directorate of General Security, whose personnel have undergone training to identify victims of trafficking, said that instruction the ISF delivers to units is not enough because it should be a continuous process. Moreover, he affirmed that officers who do not have the proper background should not handle trafficking victims.
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