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In a precedent-setting ruling on Tuesday, the Jerusalem District Court convicted
two people of the offense of holding another person under conditions of
Judges Jacob Zaban, Miriam Mizrachi and Raphael Carmel also
found Ibrahim and Basma Julani guilty of confiscating the complainant’s
According to the indictment, the Julanis, a married couple, had
brought a 24- year-old Filipina woman to Israel via Jordan and held her at their
home for a year and ten months. During that time, the woman was confined to the
Julanis’ home and forbidden to leave or communicate with the outside world,
including by telephone.
The Julanis took away her passport, and paid her
around $150 a month for maid services.
The woman was forced to live in a
tiny room with a shower and toilet. She was made to work most of the day without
any vacations or time off, the indictment said.
After hearing the
evidence, and reviewing domestic and international case law, the court found
that the offenses met the legal definition of holding in slavery.
penal code sets a maximum punishment of 16 years in prison for someone found
guilty of keeping another person under conditions of slavery.