Israel Police: Filipino worker freed from east Jerusalem home

By ABE SELIG
September 13, 2009 20:54

Israel Police announced on Sunday that a Filipino worker was found inside a home in east Jerusalem, where she had been held against her will for nearly two years. According to police, information from the "Kav L'oved" organization led them to the house in the Shuafat neighborhood, were the woman had been forced to work around the house without pay and without a break for a year and ten months. During the police investigation, the woman said that her passport had been taken from her and she had been locked in the bathroom of the home during the ordeal. The woman also told police that she had initially been caught up in the situation after she was suspected of stealing thousands of shekels worth of jewelry, and was afraid that she would be turned in to the police. The case, which led investigators to a family of four in Rishon Lezion, has been turned over to a special police branch that deals with human trafficking. Two of the four family members had their remands extended on Sunday at Rishon Lezion's Hashalom courthouse. The woman has been taken to a shelter for victims of human trafficking.


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