Posted on: July 26, 2006
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After closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities sought to fill in gaps in the job market by encouraging emigrant workers from other parts of the world. Among those who answered the call were Philippine transsexuals.
Shunned by their families and communities at home, they find new lives in Israel as caregivers for elderly, orthodox Jewish men, many of whom come to look upon them as substitute children. On their nights off, the workers perform as a drag queen ensemble, "Paper Dolls," in Tel Aviv nightclubs. Although the troupe's members enjoy Israel's liberal atmosphere, they are still outsiders and are always treated as such.