Friday, August 26, 2011

New Wikileaks cables out: a wealth of information on the situation of domestic workers in Lebanon and the region

When searching for Lebanon related cables in the newly release batch of cables on Wikileaks (, we can find a lot of information on the situation of domestic workers in Lebanon and the region, in the various US embassy reports written in the countries source of migration.

This is an extract from cable "Ethiopia: Trafficking In Persons Report (part 1 - Overview And Prevention) - Origin: Embassy Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - Cable time: Fri, 16 Mar 2007"


-- From late 2005 to early 2006, Lebanon (refused to grant visas) to Ethiopian nationals. However, thousands of Ethiopians illegally crossed the border in pursuit of work (and/or as victims of trafficking). Over the last 14 months (since Lebanon has lifted their visa ban against Ethiopian nationals), the amount of trafficking to Lebanon has increased.

-- IOM officials cite Yemen as a significant transit point, for young Ethiopian girls (average age 14-15) being trafficked to Djibouti. A recent impact assessment concludes that many of these trafficked girls in Djibouti have HIV/AIDS.

-- There are no reports of trafficking of Ethiopians to the United States. A few years ago, IOM reported that approximately a dozen clients claimed that a smuggler was charging up to 80,000-100,000 birr (USD 9,050- 11,312) to smuggle them into the United States. Since then, there is little to no information available about these routes. Yemen and Lebanon have been identified as some of the most popular destinations for trafficking and smuggling. 


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