Syrian children in Lebanon forced to work and in dangerous condition: report
April 12, Beirut: A growing number of children whose families have fled the Syrian war to Lebanon are being forced to work for little or no pay, many of them in dangerous conditions.
Anti-slavery experts said on Tuesday that about one million Syrians have fled to Lebanon, where they make up a quarter of the country's population.
Many have no legal right to work, and families are forced to find other ways to pay for food, shelter and healthcare.
The Freedom Fund, an international initiative to fight slavery, said in a report that some Lebanese employers prefer to hire children, finding them cheaper and more obedient than adults.
According to report, adults, too, are being used as forced labour and are vulnerable to sexual exploitation, according to the report, which was based on interviews with local officials, refugees, international agencies and local NGOs.
One NGO interviewed for the report estimated that between 60 and 70 percent of refugee children work.
The Oslo Times