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.
Faven* was fleeing to Israel from Eritrea when she was kidnapped and raped by a smuggler while travelling through Sudan.
I am a citizen of Eritrea. I came to Israel to work. I know that my stay in Israel is illegal and that I entered it illegally. I am not willing to return to Eritrea now. I would also like to say that in Sudan, on the way to Sinai, one smuggler raped me. I the rape lasted for about 20 minutes. It was at night. After the rape, he left me in the desert. As a result of the rape I became pregnant. I am now three months pregnant. I would like to have an abortion. I am asking for your help.
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