Prostitution in Lebanon

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Prostitution is nominally legal in Lebanon.[1] 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.[2]

Cases of child prostitution are known and prosecuted, however no measures are taken to rehabilitate these juveniles.[3] [4]

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.[5]


  1. ^ "Prostitution – The business of sex". Executive Magazine. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  2. ^ "2008 Human Rights Report: Lebanon". Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. U.S. Department of State. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Child Prostitution – Lebanon. Retrieved on 2011-03-30.
  4. ^ "Madagascar maids: Misery in the Middle East". BBC. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  5. ^ Lebanon News – Beirut must make prostitution illegal – experts. The Daily Star (2010-04-16). Retrieved on 2011-03-30.