It was sent to me an Atlas reader with scant info:
An Ethiopian girl kidnapped and dragged into a car brutally by a group of coward Lebanese men in in broad daylight in the middle of the city and no one came for help! This incident must have happened this month, in the first weeks of March 2012 in Lebanon! Please try identify the young woman in order to inform her family and relatives back home, and try also to identify the group of men to bring them to justice! (hat tip Mamo)
The March 9th posting of the video went viral, which led to the identification of one of the girl's abusers:
Ali Mahfouz is the man seen in the video footage, abusing the Ethiopian worker; LBCI identified him through his plate number. Ali tried to justify his act by denying that he beat her; he stressed that the worker tried to commit suicide more than once and that he tried dealing with her humanely, but she refused to go to the airport for deportation… [read more]
Horrible update to this story. Ali Mahfouz and his mob should rot in jail. Suicide is the only out for many women in Muslim societies.
Maltreated maid in video aired on Lebanon TV kills herself MSN (hat tip Randolph)
Scenes of Ethiopian worker being dragged, beaten sparked national outrage
BEIRUT — An Ethiopian housemaid in Lebanon committed suicide on Wednesday, Ethiopia's consul general said, a week after video footage of her being dragged along the streets by a man and forced into a car sparked national outrage.
"I went to the hospital today and they said that she hanged herself at 6 o'clock this morning," Asaminew Debelie Bonssa told Reuters, adding that the maid, Alem Dechasa, had been taken to hospital in order to recover from her forcible abduction.
"I am deeply shocked. I went to see her yesterday and I was told that she was ok," said Bonssa.
Last week, Lebanese television channel LBCI sparked nationwide indignation after broadcasting footage of a man violently dragging Dechasa along a street in Beirut and screaming at her to "get into the car."
Another man was then seen helping to force Dechasa into the back of the car while she squirmed and screamed "no, no, no."
On Friday, the Lebanese Cabinet condemned the violent incident and asked for an investigation into the matter.
After the video was aired, LBCI used the car's number plate number to identify one of the men.
Outraged by the video, activists in Lebanon posted the man's contact information on internet social media sites and called for action against him.
Reports of domestic worker abuse are rife in this small Mediterranean state.