Quelle ne fut la surprise de mes étudiants-es universitaires lorsqu’ils/elles découvrirent l’existence dans le temple de Bacchus à Baalbek il y a plus de deux millénaires, des rituels de sexualité sacrée arrosés de vin en abondance, dans un lieu VIP incluant les princes et les généraux ainsi que les prêtresses du temple… Quelle ne fut […]

Sex Workers in Lebanon

Depicting the reality in Lebanon, we have different degrees of citizenship. Men are on the higher ranks, of course with the exception of homosexual and queer men, and, women are still seen as second class citizens. And still, homosexual women who are manly are viewed with more respect than the others, because anything that is […]

Transnational Prostitution in the Middle East

I thought of writing this article when a friend of mine told me her nationality (Eastern European) is labeled ‘only good for prostitution’ in certain Arab countries. I knew prostitution is an ancient reality in the Middle East, still, I wasn’t aware of the growing phenomenon of transnational prostitution and the stereotyping of nationality and […]

Sex Trafficking in Lebanon

Sex trafficking is considered to be part of human trafficking or modern-day slavery. Up to 27 million people are living in slavery around the world: women and men, girls and boys, and their stories remind us of the kind of inhumane treatment we are capable of as human beings. In 2012, Lebanon was among the […]