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Last week, I dove into the murky waters of Maameltein’s night life, to meet and talk to some of the women stirring Lebanon’s thriving sex industry.

There are 40 to 42 million prostitutes across the world, according to a report from Fondation Scelles, an organization that fights the sexual exploitation of human beings.

Three-quarters of these prostitutes are between the ages of 13 and 25, and 80 percent of them are female.

The romantic label of the ‘oldest profession in the world’ is nothing but a cover for one of the worst abuses of human rights in the history of humanity.

Joumana Haddad is author of many books, among which “I Killed Scheherazade.” Her latest book, “Superman is an Arab – On God, marriage, macho men and other disastrous inventions” (Westbourne Press, London, 2012) is now available in Lebanese bookshops and on Amazon.

She smiles almost continuously, as if it were part of her training.

She says she earns more in a month here than she would in a year in Kiev.

Four million women and girls are trafficked annually for sexual exploitation.

Sixty percent of the trafficked women experience physical and/or sexual violence before being trafficked.

Two male colleagues with ‘connections’ in the sector accompanied me. What matters is that with them I managed to visit four different clubs, which, despite the different girls on display, looked almost exactly the same. Don’t be offended by the word ‘buy’ – she uses it herself, in a very down-to-earth manner.

They were quite embarrassed to be greeted by name by most of the waiters, and asked me nicely not to share their information with their respective wives. “I am lucky to be worth 0 in such a competitive environment. Tatyana, just like her friends Olga and Yulia, is from Ukraine.

“He seemed nice and caring, he warned us about never sleeping with men without condoms and stuff like that.” Whether forced directly or indirectly, sex labor is an expression of the sexual domination of women. Yet most societies tend to punish and ostracize the victims instead of the criminals that run the game.