Prostitution in Lebanon
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Prostitution is nominally legal in Lebanon. Officially, Lebanese law requires that brothels be licensed, a process that includes regular testing of workers for disease. However, in an attempt to gradually eliminate legal prostitution in the country, current government policy is to not issue new licenses for brothels. As a result, most prostitution now occurs illegally.
The majority of prostitutes in Lebanon emigrate from neighboring Arab countries. Those prostitutes working in adult clubs are closely monitored by the Sûreté Générale—the border control agency. Their residency permits do not exceed six months, and they are deported if they are caught overstaying their permits. Most prostitutes in Lebanon enter the country knowing that they will be working in adult clubs.
The Daily Star, Friday, April 16, 2010: Experts and activists, among them Gunilla S. Ekberg, a Swedish lawyer, feminist and human rights expert, in light of the relationship between prostitution and violence against women, advocate that prostitution be made illegal in Lebanon.
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