Syrian women lured into sex slavery have described how they were tortured and abused in Lebanon's largest sex trafficking ring. Women were tortured on a table set up like a crucifix , shocked with an electric prod and forced to have sex more than 10 times a day. A Human Rights Watch report uncovered how the women were lured to Lebanon with promises of marriage or jobs, then forced into prostitution, imprisoned and regularly beaten. One of the women, Rama, a year-old from Syria, described to The Guardian how she was tricked into sexual slavery.
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When Sarah Chynoweth was asked to report on sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis, she had no idea of the scale of the problem. Drawing on a few existing reports, I assumed some boys were being victimised, as well as some men in detention centres, but that sexual violence against males was not common. I met with the first group, eight Syrian men who had fled the war. I asked them about their lives in the camp, how they were getting by, and what their main concerns were. Once we had established some rapport, I tentatively probed whether they had heard of any reports of sexual violence against men or boys in Syria. It is everywhere. It is happening [from] all sides.
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All rights reserved. A Turkish police officer gently carries the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi after he washed ashore Wednesday. He was on a boat of Syrian refugees that sank trying to reach a Greek island. The picture of a dead Syrian toddler reminds us of our young selves or our own children, making crises in faraway places more real. Any photo of any child makes us think of our own, or the child we once were.
One of the men was identified on social media and was forced to deactivate his Facebook account after his profile was circulated, with reports confirming a number of threats made against him. Twitter users demanded the most severe punishment for the three young men, with some even suggesting the death penalty on them. The boy also said that he was psychologically and physically tortured, in addition to being threatened not to share what happened with anyone. Kinda Alloush, a Syrian actress, said on Twitter that the crime was terrifying and painful to the extreme.