Torture victim survivors way exceed this figure. They number many hundreds. Rape is especially common. Many victims say little or nothing. They're unaware that torture, if proved, gains them release.
Administrative Tribunal hearings don't explain. They also discourage asylum seekers from describing their experiences. Testimonies PHR-I obtained were "credible enough for the Tribunal to transfer the protocols for further examination by relevant authorities in order to establish if they are slavery victims."
All were Eritreans. About 30% had visible evidence of torture. Four women and two men were slavery victims. Only one man was transferred to a shelter for help. Others waited months for release.
Most survivors are women. Over half admitted being raped. Hostages endured captivity an average 140 days. Release cost them $33,660 in ransom. Family members raised it to help.
Israel's Administrative Tribunal recognized half the survivors as kidnap victims. Prior to and during proceedings they're imprisoned.
Israel's Public Defender describes conditions as substandard, overcrowded, and unsanitary. Medical services are woefully inadequate or nonexistent. Harsh treatment is commonplace. Its impact for some is damaging and irreversible.
Suicides result. Survivors experience trauma. Hunger strikes and prison riots occur. Israeli prisons are some of the worst. Even victims of torture and slavery aren't spared. Many languish for months without help or justice.
PHR-I said a Channel 2 report discussed what Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers face in Saharonim Prison. Torture and slavery victims are treated like "infiltrators."