Since June 2012, all African asylum seekers arriving in Israel have been automatically imprisoned without trial, for a minimum of three years. Detainees include those previously trafficked, raped and tortured in the Egyptian Sinai. Israel is the destination country and not responsible for abuse suffered prior to entry, but it nevertheless has obligations as to how it treats these people once they arrive.
There are serious problems with the current system of dealing with victims of torture and trafficking in detention centers including a lack of identification of victims of trafficking, a lack of sufficient shelter space, and insufficient access to medical rehabilitation.
I am deeply saddened to hear that victims of human trafficking and torture are placed in detention upon entering Israel's borders.
I strongly urge the Israeli government to quickly discontinue its policy of detaining victims of trafficking and torture.
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