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Young Malagasy Maids Raped and Tortured in Lebanon

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Lebanon, Madagascar, Economics & Business, Human Rights, International Relations, Labor, Migration & Immigration, Women & Gender

Marie, 14, was forced to move to Lebanon by her aunt to become a maid. Once there, she was regularly raped by her employer. When he realized she was pregnant, he threw her out the house. After giving birth alone, she threw her baby from the 8th floor of a building.

Assanatou Baldé investigates [1] [fr] the plight of young Malagasy girls migrating to Lebanon to escape the social crisis in Madagascar. Other testimonies of torture and physical abuse are collected in the report, including recurring insults, overwhelming working conditions and forced intercourse with animals.