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Update: Dr/Winemaker/Slaveowner, Boutros Bou Younes

Would you like to see what a Lebanese slaveowner looks like? Introducing the respected Dr. Boutros (Peter) Bou Younes. He also has his own vineyard, Chateau Wadih http://chateauwadih.net

Maybe you’ve tasted one of the slaveowner’s wines?

He took possession of Sonam Moktan from Nepal in 2007 and gave her to his unmarried brother, Ghassan, who has had her as a personal slave ever since. That’s what brothers do for each other, right? Ghassan lives in Jbeil and imports and sells cars. His pic featured in our previous update. Sonam’s had no contact with her family for years and is not even aware that her father died in an earthquake in 2015.

We wrote to Dr. Boutros asking him to pay Sonam the US$33,500 he owes her and repatriate her by Friday 15th or we would make sure all of Jbeil knows about the family’s dirty secret. He read our messages but did not respond. So here he is – “The Prostate”. His phone number is 03-407 407. Brother Ghassan’s is 03-442 223.

هل ما زالت العبودية قائمة في لبنان؟
كيف يمكن ان يبدو سيد العبيد اللبناني؟
نقدم لكم المحترم الدكتور”بطرس ابو يونس” وهو يمتلك حقل للعنب ومصنع للنبيذ “chateau wadih”http://chateauwadih.net
ربما لقد تذوقت نبيذ هذا السيد؟

لقد استحوذ على النيبالية “سنام مقتان” عام 2007 واعطاها الى شقيقه الاعزب “غسان” الذي استخوذ عليها ك عبدته الخاصة منذ ذاك الحين.
اليس هذا ما يفعله الاخوة لبعضهم؟
يعيش غسان في جبيل وهو يستورد السيارات ويبيعها.
انقطع الاتصال بشكل كامل بين سنام وعائلتها ، حتى انها لا تعلم ان والدها قد توفي عام 2015 جراء زلزال.

لقد تواصلنا مع الدكتور بطرس طلبا منه ان يدفع مبلغ ال “33,500$” ثمن اتعاب سنام واعادتها الى وطنها يوم الجمعة 15 من شهر ايلول او ستكون مدينة جبيل باكملها على علم بالسر البشع لهذه العائلة.
لقد قرأ رسائلنا ولكنه لم يجب علينا.
“فها هو “البروستات”


Story A: Provided by the ’employers’ of Sonam. “She’s fine. She likes to live here. If she didn’t like to live here, she would have already left to Nepal. But she likes here. She has money and everything. She’s very happy.” They say she’s working for the family’s elderly mother in the mountains who has no phone so there’s no way of contacting her.

Story B: Provided by Sonam’s family. “There was no contact for so very long. But recently surprisingly she had contact with her cousin, Nita, who works in Lebanon. Sonam told Nita her owner says her passport is lost and sometimes he says she can’t return back to Nepal.”

Apparently Sonam is just so happy working for the family that she hasn’t wanted to go home for 10 years, not even for a holiday to see her family. Not even after her father died in an earthquake. She’s so happy that she doesn’t mind that she hasn’t received any payment since 2013.

Which story do you believe? Can you provide us with more info about this family?

Boutros lives in Jbeil. These are the phone numbers we have for him: 09-942 728 and 03-442 223. Give him a call and tell him you’ve read about him on This Is Lebanon.

Boutros Bou Younes, Where is Sonam?

Sonam Moktan (Nepal) arrived in Lebanon early 2007 and was sent to work for Boutros Bou Younes, Main Rd, Jbeil. During the last 10 years she has remitted only $1500 back to Nepal. She has not been back home all that time because “her owners didn’t want to send her.” She called only rarely – “she had to call secretly, by hiding, when no one was at home.” “She was beaten by owner’s mother.”  Her brother writes, “2 Months ago when I called her …she informed that she would be sent back to Nepal. And she convinced them to send her to airport…she was taken somewhere else instead of airport ..and now she is not in that house…I think she is taken somewhere else which is serious concern.”

This is Lebanon contacted Rayes Trading for their help. Initially they replied “I think she is good but I will search her place.” Then despite several more requests for help, no response. Someone must know Boutros Bou Younes. Someone must know where Sonam is. Please contact This Is Lebanon with any information. Thanks.
سنام مقتان” من النيبال.
وصلت الى لبنان اوائل عام 2007 و قد تم ارسالها للعمل لدى “بطرس بو يونس”، مدينة جبيل الطريق العام.
خلال العشر سنوات الماضية لم ترسل سوى 4500$ الى النيبال.
ولم تعد الى وطنها طوال الوقت وذلك لان” ارباب عملها لا يريدون ارسالها”.
كانت نادرا ما تتصل بعائلتها، وكانت مجبرة على الاتصال بشكل سري عن طريق الاختباء او عندما يكون ارباب المنزل في الخارج.
تعرضت سونام للتعنيف من قبل والدة رب العمل.
بحسب كتابات اخو سونام: ” عندما اتصلت بها من شهرين … اخبرتني انه سوف يتم اعادتها الى النيبال. وقد اقنعتهم بارسالها الى المطار… ولكن تم اخذها الى مكان اخر غير المطار… وهي الان لم تعد بنفس المنزل الذي ذكرناه… اعتقد انه تم اخذها الى مكان اخر وهذا يسبب قلق جدي.”
قام موقع “This Is Lebanon”
بمراسلة شركة “الريس” للتجارة لطلب المساعدة منهم.
في البداية كان جوابهم ” اعتقد انها بخير ولكن سوف ابحث عن مكانها.”
ولكن بعد ان عدنا وطلبنا المساعدة عدة مرات، لم يعد هناك تجاوب.
على احد ان يتعرف علر بطرس بو يونس.
على احد ان يعرف اين هي سونام.
ارجوكم قوموا بمراسلة “This Is Lebanon”في حال توافر اي معلومات .
شكرا جزيلا.

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18 comments

  1. i think he lie..every persons who live far from their family is not happy they leave bcoz they wanted a happy and good life for them..its impossible that sonam dont want to go and want to stay here..they hide her and make her slave…we need to save her and bring her back to her family..haram😔

  2. I don’t think its professional to leave someone’s phone number like that in the article…. Regardless of what theyve done.

  3. Why don’t u contact the Nepalese embassy or representative???? They should help her! It’s their job!

  4. Nayla Honein Rasamny

    I don’t understand ! Can we do something about this ? And how ?

  5. Hello,
    My name is indy and I am the restoring family links manager of the Lebanese Red Cross
    I stumbled upon your article and wonder if you have any news about this and if someone followed up and solved this issue

  6. Correct the amount 1500$ or 4500$

    • It is unclear to us right now. We have Western Union receipts totally $1500 but apparently some receipts were lost in the earthquake. It is definitely not more than $4500 though. Once we have Sonam to safety we can investigate this more thoroughly.

  7. I am from Jbail and I will personally look into this. I’ll ask my family and friends if they know of the employer and see what info I can get.

  8. My boyfriend’s family lives in Jbeil. I will ask them about this guy and keep you posted.

  9. Is the embassy informed??? I don’t think calling him would help. It may just provoke him. We need officials to take a step forward. This is inhumane.
    Has anyone contacted her embassy or any organizations that work against abuse?

  10. Let us all think wisely, without receiving any payment since 2013, how can anyone be happy. She has no any family members over there and that’s not even her country. How would anyone believe that. She says that she is very afraid of the employer and is forced to follow them. She has never stepped a foot outside of the house. She is like in prison. Then how can she be happy. Can anyone trust that? I would sue about this matter in international court. They forced her to say negative. We are their relative and know how she talks. This has been viral now in other medias too. Be careful ! If you were a human being then you would have convinced her to return back to nepal. You would have given her smartphone so that we could talk to her. But you never do that. And you guys investigate a lot even if she talks with her own family. You are cruel and should be punished.

  11. If you call the general security and the lebanese ministry of labor they will bring him from his ears. Those two institutions take those issues seriously, specially if the demand is from the nepal counsulate. Caritas can also help

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