OUR CASES

Cases of Kafala Abuse in Lebanon.


Mother from the Philippines: enslaved for 21 years by Issam Hayek and his family in Nabatieh. Her family had no idea if she was dead or alive.


This story has been updated, as following Arlene’s departure, Ahlam Sharref Eldine continued to abuse and enslave a further four employees. How has she been allowed to continue to employ and abuse more domestic workers?

Serial Abuser and Slaveholder Ahlam Hamade is the Monster in Your Bad Dreams

Thanks to pressure from This Is Lebanon, Doreen’s employers finally let her return home on 7 June, 2019. She left Lebanon with $1,000 in cash and $9,197 paid via Western Union in four separate payments. No wonder Doreen was dancing with joy when she got home.

Doreen - Paid $9000 Thanks to This Is Lebanon

Mary Grace Bongao worked for Ibtissam Alsaadi and her family for 11 months. In this time she was physically, psychologically and sexually abused by the family.

Ibtissam Alsaadi & Her Sexual Abusing Children

Abdallah and Maha Rafi are lawyers and slaveholders who still owe $10,000 to their former employees.

Abdallah and Maha Rafi Lawyers/Slaveholders

She had been beaten black and blue and had bruises over her whole body. The Lebanese described the treatment she’d received as extremely cruel.

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