Israeli Arrested for Imprisoning Two Domestic Workers

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Jun 12 2010

Israeli police arrested a 51-year-old woman living in Jerusalem and freed two domestic workers who were imprisoned in her home this Friday.

The woman is suspected of smuggling into the country the two women to nurse her father a few months ago. The women were forced to work around the clock caring for the older man and perform other house work. The employer had confiscated the women's passports and did not pay them enough. The woman kept the caregivers under lock and key and even placed cameras all over the house to ensure that the imprisoned women wouldn't leave.

One of the migrant woman managed to procure a cellphone and call the police. The Israel woman was brought before a judge who extended her detention for four days. She is suspected of unlawful imprisonment, holding persons in slavery-like condition and trafficking humans for forced labor.

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