Lebanon News

U.S. envoy highlights human trafficking issue

Connelly at the conference

BEIRUT: U.S. Ambassador Maura Connelly called Tuesday for increased human trafficking protections in Lebanon.

Speaking at a private screening of the new movie “Lincoln,” which details President Abraham Lincoln’s work to end slavery in the United States, Connelly praised laws Lebanon has passed to protect people from trafficking, but said more could be done.

“To combat trafficking I would encourage the Lebanese government to build on the important work it has done to investigate and prosecute trafficking offenses, [and] to convict and punish trafficking offenders,” she said.

Connelly emphasized that it is important that maids and women on artist visas receive protection. Although Law 164, passed several years ago, criminalized human trafficking, there are still frequent reports of beaten domestic workers and women unable to leave the country. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 30, 2013, on page 3.




Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (

comments powered by Disqus



Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here