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There are an estimated 31,000 people living in condition of modern slavery in Israel (GSI 2018). Women from Eastern Europe, China and Ghana, as well as Eritream men and women are subjected to sex trafficking in Israel. People are often lured through the promise of seemingly legitimate jobs, only to be subjected to commercial sexual exploitation upon arrival. 

MP was trafficked into prostitution in Israel. Her traffickers informed her that she had incurred a great debt that would have to be repaid by providing sexual services.

The pimp (female) explained to me from the beginning that I don’t get to rest during my period, because I owe them a lot of money and it will take me a very long time to repay the debt. She gave me a diaphragm and explained to me how to use it to stop the bleeding. One day I was with a client and I had an especially heavy period. I started to bleed and the client got angry and started to shout at me. After he left, the (female) pimp came in and I hoped she’d allow me not to work until the end of my period. Instead of that she screamed at me for 20 minutes and told me next time to use two diaphragms instead of just one.


Narrative provided by ATZUM – Justice Works