Doctor arrested in sex trafficking case

by Annahar Staff

22 April 2016 | 18:19

  • by Annahar Staff
  • Last update: 22 April 2016 | 18:19

In this Thursday April 7, 2016 photo, a hand-written sign and official red wax seals hang on the main gate of the closed Chez Maurice Hotel, in Maalmeteine, north of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: A judge issued Friday arrest warrants for two doctors and a nurse for their involvement in performing 200 abortions on 75 Syrian sex slaves, who were freed last month in the largest crackdown on human and sex trafficking networks in Lebanon.

Judge Dani Chrabieh ordered the arrest of Dr. Riad Alam, anesthesiologist Geirge Afakian and nurse Giselle Rkilo after the disciplinary council of the Lebanese Order of Physicians had concluded its investigations into the case and submitted its report to judicial authorities.

Earlier this month, inspectors from the Health Ministry sealed Alam's health clinic with red wax. The ministry also stripped Alam of his medical license, barring him along with his nurse from practicing their profession in Lebanon.

Alam had confessed during investigations that followed the dismantling of the sex trafficking network to performing abortions on 75 women.

The police said the freed women have been "physically and psychologically tortured" and forced into prostitution.

26 people, including eight women who guarded the apartments that housed the sex slaves have been arrested, while the ringleaders Syrian national Emad al-Rihawi and Ali Hasan Zeaiter remain at large.

 

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