There are an estimated 518,000 people living in modern slavery in Egypt, 465,000 in Sudan and an estimated 451,000 in Eritrea (GSI 2018). Since 2006 tens of thousands of Eritreans fleeing widespread human rights abuses and destitution have ended up in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Until 2010, they passed through Sinai voluntarily and generally without any problems and crossed in to Israel. However, since then, Sudanese traffickers have kidnapped Eritreans in eastern Sudan and sold them to Egyptian traffickers in Sinai who have subjected at least hundreds to violence in order to extort large sums of money from their relatives.
Aatifa* was kidnapped, raped and beaten for a month on her way to Israel from Eritrea.
I am not represented [by a lawyer]. I don’t want to return to Eritrea. On the way to Israel I underwent sexual abuse, they raped me for a month, inserted their genitals into my mouth. Three men would rape me whenever they wanted. I did not say this in the previous hearing because I had a headache due to the beatings I received, and I couldn’t concentrate. They beat me all over my body with a water hose and also electrocuted me.
Narrative as featured in the report ‘Tortured in Sinai, Jailed in Israel: Detention of Slavery and Torture Survivors under the Anti-Infiltration Law’ made possible by The PME Foundation