Public Opinion is Clear: Urgent Legislation Required to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation! Read the story


Dar Al Amal (House of Hope) was established in 1969. Its mission is to provide support to children living in difficult social and familial conditions who are at risk of delinquency. Dar Al Amal also helps adults and children being exploited in prostitution, abused or in conflict with the law. Dar Al Amal operates a specialised prevention project for child victims of violence, sexual abuse, exploitation and maltreatment aged between 11 and 18.

Dar Al-Amal (House of Hope)

Contact: Ms. Hoda Kara
Phone: +961 1 483 508
Address: P.O.Box 55329 Sin El-Fil, Horsh Tabet, near Leb. Univ, Agri. Branch, Ghazal Bldg, Beirut


Lebanon is a source and destination country for children victims of trafficking for sexual purposes, as well as a transit point for Eastern European children subjected to sex trafficking in other Middle Eastern countries. Trafficking of children for sexual purposes in Lebanon is sometimes carried out under the guise of child marriages.

Child marriage appears to be the prevailing form of commercial sexual exploitation of children in Lebanon.

Exploitation of children for prostitution is reportedly taking place in Lebanon especially among the most vulnerable categories such as Syrian refugees and street children.


ECPAT International
Lebanon – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2016

ECPAT International
Regional Overview: Sexual Exploitation of Children in Middle East and North Africa

Year: 2020


News from Lebanon


Age of Consent

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Extraterritoriality & Extradition


Lebanese Criminal Code provides active extraterritoriality over offenses committed outside the Lebanese territory by Lebanese citizens. Habitual residents are not included. Lebanese legislation does not provide for passive extraterritorial jurisdiction over offences committed abroad against Lebanese nationals. Universal jurisdiction applies to a number of offences such as crimes against the security of the State or counterfeiting, among others but it does not include SEC related offences. Article 23 of the Criminal Code provides for extraterritorial jurisdiction over certain crimes committed by foreigners or stateless persons if they cannot be extradited. Double criminality is not required for proceeding with active extraterritorial jurisdiction but it is required to prosecute crimes committed by foreigners and stateless persons abroad if their extradition is denied.

Extraditable offences are those offences committed in the territory of the requesting State; offenses undermining its security or its credit; and offenses committed by one of its nationals. Extradition will only be granted if offences are punishable in both States (double criminality). Extradition for the purposes of execution of a judgment of conviction is permitted if the sentence of imprisonment is at least of two months. There is no specific provision on the extradition of SEC related offences but since the principle of severity of the punishment does not apply under Lebanese law, SEC related offences could be considered as extraditable offences.

Criminal Code, 2009

CSAM Definition

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Background Check Required

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National Commitments

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Child Advocacy Centers

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SEC Police Unit

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Protection Standards Travel and Tourism

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