Who makes sure that foreign workers are protected from unwanted pregnancy? A Filipina national was caught at Ben-Gurion Airport trying to smuggle thousands of birth-control pills into Israel. The tablets filled two fully-crammed suitcases.
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The woman, who arrived last Friday afternoon, aroused the suspicions of airport customs officials. When investigators asked her why she was trying to smuggle in so many birth-control pills, she said they were for foreign workers from the Philippines working in Israel who could not afford to buy them at full price, or were unable to obtain them since Israeli law requires birth control be dispensed only through a doctor’s prescription.
The head of customs at Ben-Gurion Airport, Rafi Gabay, told TheMarker on Sunday that the pills were transferred to the Health Ministry’s Enforcement and Inspection Division, which is headed by Dr. Mickey Arieli.
According to Arieli, aside from the customs violation, the smuggling violates the law against importing medications without a permit from the Health Ministry. It’s also not yet known whether the pills are genuine or fake, or contain substances that endanger public health.
The woman is awaiting indictment.