When Sonam met her family at the airport after 10 years slavery in Lebanon she had only $100!!! Sonam Moktan, slave of Boutros and Ghassan Bou Younes, received a mere $1,000 before she left. Security inside Beirut Airport took the money from her and gave her $100 back. A question for General Security: Who stole Sonam’s money? There are cameras at the airport. You can check (flight Fly Dubai 160, 26 Oct). And another question for General Security: Why did you deport Sonam without requesting to see the receipts for all the years of Sonam’s unpaid salary? Have you been paid off by Boutros?
We ask you to help us advocate for Sonam in as many ways as possible! Here are a few ideas:
Call the Beirut airport at +961 1628000 (or you can dial 150 from Lebanon) and ask them to investigate the matter
بعد عشر سنوات من العبودية في لبنان، التقت سنام مقتان عائلتها في المطار وكان بحوزتها 100 دولار فقط من اصل الف دولار اخذتها من بطرس وغسان بو يونس الذين استعبداها مدة عشر سنوات.
الامن داخل المطار اخذو المال منها وقامو بأرجاع مئة دولار.
من سرق اموال سنام؟
هناك كاميرات في المطار ويمكنكم ان تلقو نظرة على رحلة (طيران دبي 160 ،26 تشرين الاول)و سؤال اخر للامن العام:لماذا قمتم بترحيل سنام من دون التأكد انها اخذت جميع حقوقها؟
هل تم الدفع لكم من قبل بطرس وغسان ؟
Update: Detention for Sonam While Her Slavers Go Free
Q: Why do Lebanese slaveholders go unpunished, while their victim goes to prison?
A: Because this is Lebanon.
We have been informed by a deportee that Sonam is now being held at the Detention Centre in Beirut. Boutros brought her into the Nepali Consulate two weeks ago not knowing that they had arranged for me to speak to her by phone in Nepali. It was only after she spoke to my wife that she started to believe it was even possible to return to Nepal. She has been so manipulated and brainwashed that she has almost lost her mind. And now she is being detained.
Boutros reported her to General Security as a runaway on 14 June, 2017. On 21 Aug, 2017 Ghassan told us she was working for his mother. You can listen to him here. You’d think they’d at least coordinate so they’re telling the same story!!
Will Sonam get her years of unpaid salary before she is deported? Will the Bou Younes brothers do prison time for keeping Sonam as a slave? How long will she sit in the Detention Centre? When will this evil system be abolished??
Would you like to see what a Lebanese slaveowner looks like? Introducing therespected Dr. Boutros (Peter) Bou Younes. He also has his own vineyard, Chateau Wadih http://chateau
Maybe you’ve tasted one of the slaveowner’s wines?
He took possession of Sonam Moktan from Nepal in 2007 and gave her to his unmarried brother, Ghassan, who has had her as a personal slave ever since. That’s what brothers do for each other, right? Ghassan lives in Jbeil and imports and sells cars. His pic featured in our previous update. Sonam’s had no contact with her family for years and is not even aware that her father died in an earthquake in 2015.
We wrote to Dr. Boutros asking him to pay Sonam the US$33,500 he owes her and repatriate her by Friday 15th or we would make sure all of Jbeil knows about the family’s dirty secret. He read our messages but did not respond. So here he is – “The Prostate”. His phone number is 03-407 407. Brother Ghassan’s is 03-442 223.
هل ما زالت العبودية قائمة في لبنان؟
كيف يمكن ان يبدو سيد العبيد اللبناني؟
نقدم لكم المحترم الدكتور”بطرس ابو يونس” وهو يمتلك حقل للعنب ومصنع للنبيذ “chateau wadih”http://chateauwadih.net
ربما لقد تذوقت نبيذ هذا السيد؟
لقد استحوذ على النيبالية “سنام مقتان” عام 2007 واعطاها الى شقيقه الاعزب “غسان” الذي استخوذ عليها ك عبدته الخاصة منذ ذاك الحين.
اليس هذا ما يفعله الاخوة لبعضهم؟
يعيش غسان في جبيل وهو يستورد السيارات ويبيعها.
انقطع الاتصال بشكل كامل بين سنام وعائلتها ، حتى انها لا تعلم ان والدها قد توفي عام 2015 جراء زلزال.
لقد تواصلنا مع الدكتور بطرس طلبا منه ان يدفع مبلغ ال “33,500$” ثمن اتعاب سنام واعادتها الى وطنها يوم الجمعة 15 من شهر ايلول او ستكون مدينة جبيل باكملها على علم بالسر البشع لهذه العائلة.
لقد قرأ رسائلنا ولكنه لم يجب علينا.
“فها هو “البروستات”
Story A: Provided by the ’employers’ of Sonam. “She’s fine. She likes to live here. If she didn’t like to live here, she would have already left to Nepal. But she likes here. She has money and everything. She’s very happy.” They say she’s working for the family’s elderly mother in the mountains who has no phone so there’s no way of contacting her.
Story B: Provided by Sonam’s family. “There was no contact for so very long. But recently surprisingly she had contact with her cousin, Nita, who works in Lebanon. Sonam told Nita her owner says her passport is lost and sometimes he says she can’t return back to Nepal.”
Apparently Sonam is just so happy working for the family that she hasn’t wanted to go home for 10 years, not even for a holiday to see her family. Not even after her father died in an earthquake. She’s so happy that she doesn’t mind that she hasn’t received any payment since 2013.
Which story do you believe? Can you provide us with more info about this family?
Boutros lives in Jbeil. These are the phone numbers we have for him: 09-942 728 and 03-442 223. Give him a call and tell him you’ve read about him on This Is Lebanon.
Boutros Bou Younes, Where is Sonam?
Sonam Moktan (Nepal) arrived in Lebanon early 2007 and was sent to work for Boutros Bou Younes, Main Rd, Jbeil. During the last 10 years she has remitted only $1500 back to Nepal. She has not been back home all that time because “her owners didn’t want to send her.” She called only rarely – “she had to call secretly, by hiding, when no one was at home.” “She was beaten by owner’s mother.” Her brother writes, “2 Months ago when I called her …she informed that she would be sent back to Nepal. And she convinced them to send her to airport…she was taken somewhere else instead of airport ..and now she is not in that house…I think she is taken somewhere else which is serious concern.”
This is Lebanon contacted Rayes Trading for their help. Initially they replied “I think she is good but I will search her place.” Then despite several more requests for help, no response. Someone must know Boutros Bou Younes. Someone must know where Sonam is. Please contact This Is Lebanon with any information. Thanks.
سنام مقتان” من النيبال.
وصلت الى لبنان اوائل عام 2007 و قد تم ارسالها للعمل لدى “بطرس بو يونس”، مدينة جبيل الطريق العام.
خلال العشر سنوات الماضية لم ترسل سوى 4500$ الى النيبال.
ولم تعد الى وطنها طوال الوقت وذلك لان” ارباب عملها لا يريدون ارسالها”.
كانت نادرا ما تتصل بعائلتها، وكانت مجبرة على الاتصال بشكل سري عن طريق الاختباء او عندما يكون ارباب المنزل في الخارج.
تعرضت سونام للتعنيف من قبل والدة رب العمل.
بحسب كتابات اخو سونام: ” عندما اتصلت بها من شهرين … اخبرتني انه سوف يتم اعادتها الى النيبال. وقد اقنعتهم بارسالها الى المطار… ولكن تم اخذها الى مكان اخر غير المطار… وهي الان لم تعد بنفس المنزل الذي ذكرناه… اعتقد انه تم اخذها الى مكان اخر وهذا يسبب قلق جدي.”
قام موقع “This Is Lebanon”
بمراسلة شركة “الريس” للتجارة لطلب المساعدة منهم.
في البداية كان جوابهم ” اعتقد انها بخير ولكن سوف ابحث عن مكانها.”
ولكن بعد ان عدنا وطلبنا المساعدة عدة مرات، لم يعد هناك تجاوب.
على احد ان يتعرف علر بطرس بو يونس.
على احد ان يعرف اين هي سونام.
ارجوكم قوموا بمراسلة “This Is Lebanon”في حال توافر اي معلومات .
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Florence’s employers separated at the end of 2016. Nicolas left M* with a mountain of debt and now lives in London. He works at Noura, a Lebanese restaurant chain. We contacted both M* and Nicolas to try and recover Florence’s unpaid salary. M* blocked us. Nicolas didn’t respond (though saw the messages). M* was paid by the owners of LAU H dorms for the work that Florence did cleaning.
So M* not only didn’t pay Florence but was benefiting financially from the work she was making Florence do. And she’s had a few trips to Dubai since the separation, where she bought new clothes and jewelry.
After much deliberation, This Is Lebanon decided to conceal M’s name as we don’t want to be responsible for tipping her over the edge. She is not without blame, though. She could have taken Florence back to the agency if she could no longer afford to pay her. Instead, she chose to profit from her labour.
Slavery in Lebanon? You better believe it.
What can Florence do to get her salary? It would be nice if she could buy a pair of shoes that fitted after her 3 years in Lebanon.
Here is Florence’s story in her own words:
“I am Florence Njoki Wangari. I arrived in Lebanon on 11 June 2014 at midnight. My employers were a couple with children age 19 and 12. My mister was Nicholas Angelina. My madam is a teacher and she paints. In the first 3 months I asked madam M to send me back to the agency office because I didn’t want to work with her anymore. I was overworked and did not have enough food. She used to insult me, abusing and calling me sharmuta [prostitute]. She told me that if I wanted to go back to Kenya, I had to pay her 5000 dollars.
After 2 years we moved and we stayed in H DORM*, near Lebanese American University (LAU) – dorms for the students. I used to clean the stairs, offices and 10 rooms, and they were very dirty. I remember I didn’t have time to rest or even take lunch. I asked for my salary but she kept telling me it was in the bank. I worked very hard cleaning H DORMS alone. It wasn’t easy work, cleaning and collecting garbage.
Mr Rony and Joseph Hawatt should read this because when they came to check if the dorms were clean they would congratulate me. M please pay my salary. Last June 1 my Dad died and I told M I wanted to pay my last respects at the funeral of my dad.
I remember I was very sick and I couldn’t walk alone. I am sincere. It’s so painful. When I asked for my salary she told me to go to Kenya for the burial then come back again to Lebanon and she would send my money. Unfortunately when I got to Kenya she blocked me and no response from her. She is a devil woman. How could she lie to me knowing the suffering I am facing right now. Please, I need my 3000 dollars. I worked for it. I have too much pain and stress.”.
LAU, when contacted, said H Dorm is not owned or operated by them.
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