'He Controlled Everything': Her Family Sold Her to a Life of Abuse in Israel. She's Not the Only One

An Israeli man looking for a bride 'orders' one from Ethiopia. In Israel, she has his children, and he abuses her, knowing she can't complain. Authorities found around a dozen similar cases, but there may be many more

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A shelter for battered women in Israel.
A shelter for battered women in Israel.
Bar Peleg
Bar Peleg

One day M. discovered that she had a price tag attached to her. Not only were her life and freedom measurable in money, she discovered that someone had actually paid the five-figure sum.

The price was not set by a stranger, but by her family in Ethiopia, where she lived until an Israeli man decided to buy himself a “mail-order bride,” a euphemism for human trafficking.

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