'My Baby Wouldn't Eat in Airport Detention'

Filipino worker hopes new foreign workers' regulation will be implemented retroactively so she can return to her former Israeli employer.

Dana Weiler-Polak
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Malo came to Israel from the Philippines in 2006 to work as a caregiver for a family with a sick son. In 2009 she became pregnant.

"Right after the birth, I became illegal and the family had to let me go," said Malo, 36.

Malo, a foreign worker who came from the Phillipines in 2006, in a park with her son.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

Three weeks ago, Malo was arrested with her son, now 17 months old. Both were held for three days at the Population and Immigration Authority's facility at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

"As much as I asked to call my partner, my baby's father, who is here legally, it didn't help me. They told me 'later.' My baby felt sick and wouldn't eat. Fortunately my partner approached the Hotline for Migrant Workers and they appealed to the High Court of Justice, which ordered me released," she said.

Malo said she hoped yesterday's ruling would be implemented retroactively so she could get a new work permit and return to her former employer after leaving her son with relatives in the Philippines.

"That way I will be able to give my son a better life," she said. (Dana Weiler-Polak)

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