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E.Jerusalem couple convicted of holding Filipina in slavery for 2 years

Jerusalem Court ruled Ibrahim and Basma Julani,of the Palestinian Shuafat neighborhood, held Mary Ann Paoig, of the Philippines, for work purposes by denying her freedom, as though she were their property.Paoig was held captive for about two years in a bathroom, where the defendants had put a bed. She received no days off and was at the couple's disposal day and night. She was paid a meager sum and was only allowed out of the house in the company of one of them.



Haaretz, 01.03.12

A man and woman were convicted Wednesday, in the first such case in Israel, of holding a Filipina in slavery in their Jerusalem home.

The Jerusalem District Court ruled that Ibrahim and Basma Julani of the Shuafat neighborhood in the capital held Mary Ann Paoig, of the Philippines, for work purposes by denying her freedom, as though she were their property.




Paoig was held captive for about two years in a bathroom, where the defendants had put a bed. She received no days off and was at the couple's disposal day and night. She was paid a meager sum and was only allowed out of the house in the company of one of them.

This is the first time the court has defined holding a person as slavery, a crime entailing a 4-16-year prison sentence.

"This is a historic day," Rachel Gershoni, the Justice Ministry's coordinator of the war on human trafficking, said yesterday. "This case involves no violence or starvation. They even spoke to her nicely. And yet it's a case of holding in slavery due to the victim's objectification, denial of her freedom and the defendants' real control over her life," she said.

Paoig, 25, came to Israel via Jordan in 2007 and stayed in the spacious Julani villa for about two years. Basma, her employer, took her passport and refused to return it despite Paoig's requests. She was lodged in a bathroom consisting of a toilet and shower, as well as a bed.

She did not receive any days off, despite her requests, and the couple persuaded her not to leave the house, telling her she could be caught by the police.

The judges wrote in their verdict that while the Julanis allowed Paoig to call the Philippines from their house and bought her a cellphone and calling cards, "the few places she called indicate a lack of social meetings or the possibility of calling other people."

The Julanis did not allow Paoig to leave the house alone, except for short excursions to the nearby grocery store or for housework. One of the Julanis accompanied her whenever she left the house and kept a close eye on her at all times.

The Julanis' attorney, Ariel Atari, said the plaintiff had stolen jewels from her employers and as soon as they complained to the police she "remembered" to accuse them.

He said Paoig could speak freely on three cellphones, one of them provided by the Julanis.

"She sent some 5,000 text messages and made hundreds of calls. We proved she met a Filipina friend living nearby. At times she was alone in the house and could call for help - she had the phone number of the Philippine community head in Jerusalem. The judges asked her twice if she would have run away if they had opened the door to her, and she said 'no,'" he said.










http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/jerusalem-couple-convicted-of-holding-filipina-in-slavery-1.415633



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Added: Mar-1-2012 Occurred On: Mar-1-2012
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  • I take it the reason this made Israeli news and was posted here is because the employers were muslims?

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    • @DEADBEEF

      It made the local news mostly since " This is the first time the court has defined holding a person as slavery, a crime entailing a 4-16-year prison sentence." plus- holding a woman for 2 years would have got to every local news, and beyond, specially in Eroupe.

      I take it that if it was an item about Jewish couple doing the same thing, your comment here was taking a very diferrent form, or simply not commenting at all.

      There are planty of items over here about Jewish c More..

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  • Islamic countries has never abolished slavery. Nor did Muslim people. The end of slavery in western Africa came with the European colonisation and there were mass slave market in Sudan until the 1930's. There are still very common in Middle East.

    And people dare to tell us about religion of peace and great Islamic civilization.

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    • @olifaxe

      The really big driver for slavery were Europeans who created a massive market for slaves. They bought them by the shipload to work in the USA and much of Central and South America.

      The last 'Western' country to stop slavery was the USA.

      Slavery only existed when there was a demand for slaves. That is nothing to do with Arabs or even Africans who were also major slave suppliers.

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    • @DEADBEEF And you think there was no Arab demand for slaves ? Black slaves has been so common in the Muslim World that the Arabic word Abd (plural : Abid)both designate a black persons and a slave, as in the first-name abdallah meaning slave of Allah.

      There has been 17 millions of Africans taken to middle east countries and if there is no black population there, it's because Muslim Slave Traders used systematic castration on the slave they got. Just read about Ibn Khaldoun, the greatest thin More..

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    • @olifaxe

      Half the Arab slaves were women who weren't castrated.

      The same effect applies to Irish slaves in Iceland. The men were castrated but not the women. This has resulted in Iceland being genetically more Irish that Nordic.

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  • Well she could have gotten away if she wanted bad enough.

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  • jews and arabs love abusing Philippines house workers.. it must be true that jews and arabs sharing same genes

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  • did they wipe her?

    first time i heard of such a thing as a nice slave holder.

    there is nothing nice about it, it is cruel and inhumane

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  • all muslims should be caged.

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  • HOLD UP HOLD UP HOLD UP WAIT A MINUTE.....all of this started because the Arab family took her to the police for stealing. if they were holding her a slave, they wouldnt take her to the police thats for sure. i think there is way more to this story. i mean even she admits they gave her cell phones, calling cards, etc etc. they used to leave her in the home by herself. This is total BS in my book. i dont buy it. sorry. i would have if she was severely malnurished, beaten, or raped. but i More..

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    • @OnlyLiarsBlock ...sounds like you are wishing it was not true.

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    • @Nepean109

      i know arabs and jews there are keeping ppl as slaves.....but this one just seems fishy to me. like they just wanted to use the law. the girl got caught stealing and to cover it up she is claiming they kept her as a slave yet she had cell phones, friends, and even the phone number to the Phillipine Community Leader.

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  • And you feel sorry for Palistinians? Muslims prove everyday that they are their own worst enemy!

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  • I'm sure she had to provide favours also

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  • well some ppl r just abusive by nature. western nations r on top of the list followed by arabs.

    ayedo i wanted to ask, have jews ever had slaves or been allowed to have slaves? some cultures banned slavery and were allowed to have servants as a form of contracts but no slaves.

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    • @dontcomplain

      If you are talking about America (19 century) then i really dont know, but i guess that Jews held (black) slaves, just like other Americans did.

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    • @aydeo oh ok. ya that period was s dark period for a lot of ppl, and justice wasnt really the drive that run earth, imperialism was rather. It still is today but thats not the point here.

      but i was referring to the whole jewish civilization as a while. caz i know some cultures, like the Chinese and the persian, werent allowed to have slaves at all. so i was wondering if u guys had rules along those lines.

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  • Israel has kept palestinians hostage for some 60 years...

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