The Lebanese friend of Lensa’s aunt, who has been following the details of the case and trying to help the aunt, confirmed that in the six months following the time of Lensa’s arrival in Lebanon the aunt tried to contact Lensa via the owner of the business but Lensa’s employer didn’t let her speak to her and said she was busy and not to call again. Afterward, the aunt received a call from the mother in Ethiopia saying that they hadn’t received any money or heard any news from Lensa.
The Day of the Incident
In the first video, in which Lensa details her abuse, she says that the son, Joe Khalil, “kicked me before he went out.” And he threatened her that if she hadn’t done enough sewing when he returned an hour and a half later, “you will see what I will do.” Then Lensa decided, according to the video, “to escape before he returned to the house to hurt me.”
Eleanore Couture Attempts to Sweep the Story Under the Rug
Then Al Jadeed joined the long line of complicit onlookers to Lensa’s slavery and abuse. They wheeled Lensa’s hospital bed into the studio to be humiliated on live tv.
Lensa Lelisa Tufa’s Aunt Speaks Out Against Eleanore Couture
Before Al Jadeed ran their propaganda, we contacted them and gave them a video from Lensa’s Aunt, backing up Lensa’s testimony. Eleanore Couture runs a House of Horrors.
Brave Lebanese Protestors in Front of Eleanore Couture
Lensa Lelisa Tufa’s Mother Begs Eleanore Couture to Send Her Daughter Home
Finally, we received word from Lensa’s mother. She begged Eleanore Couture to send Lensa home, with or without payment. She just wants to see her daughter again. She is very distressed because Lensa has communicated with her that Eleanore Couture has threatened to send her home as a corpse.
Eleanore Ajami and Crystel Khalil Perjure Themselves to Hide the Story
In their frustration, they have made legal claims with a penalty of perjury on Lensa’s behalf.
Follow the Money – Eleanore Couture Send Payment in Desperate Attempt to Buy Silence
Follow the money. It tells the truth. On the On the 20/2/18 the family remitted $290 (the result of pressure from the agency) and on 10/4/18 a further $450 was remitted – AFTER the release of the abuse video. This is contrary to General Security’s report that ““[Lelisa] has been living in her sponsor’s house for the past seven months, receives her monthly stipend and has not been victim of ill-treatment.”
In the News
للمفكرة القانونية / The Legal Agenda: “نظاما الكفالة والعدالة في مرآة لينسل: هل يكفل نظام الكفالة الإفلات من العقاب؟“
L’Orient-Le Jour: “Lensa, jeune Éthiopienne victime d’employeurs abusifs et d’un système inique“
The Daily Star Lebanon: “Worker says she jumped to escape abuse“
الأخبار / Al Akhbar: “لينسا ليست وحيدة“
المدن / Al Modon: “لينسا تُعاد من المستشفى إلى منزل معنّفيها: تحرّك لتحريرها“
The Daily Mail: “‘They beat me with an electric cable’: Maid, 20, breaks both her legs after jumping from a second-floor balcony ‘to escape months of physical abuse at the hands of her Lebanese fashion designer employer’s family’“
Blik: “TUKLI SU ME GAJTANOM“
Prensa Latina: “Viral en redes sociales, testimonio de empleada doméstica en Líbano“
Middle East Eye: “Ethiopian Maid Jumps from Balcony to Escape Abuse“
The Daily Mail: “We’ll Kill You and Send Your Corpse Home“
The Turban Times: Labour Day In Lebanon: This Is How Domestic Workers Celebrated
Equal Times: Lensa is the Poster Girl for Kafala in Lebanon