Al-Monitor has retracted “Women recount harrowing experiences in Syria’s trafficking networks” authored by freelance contributor Essam Sabry Hafez, published on Aug. 27, 2023. Al-Monitor could not verify the accuracy of certain elements in the story. The retraction adheres to Al-Monitor’s policies and guidelines regarding retractions. We regret any confusion caused by the publication of this article. We have removed the piece from all our databases and social media platforms.