The Government of Israel fully meets the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. The government continued to demonstrate serious and sustained efforts during the reporting period; therefore Israel remained on Tier 1. These efforts included convicting more traffickers and identifying more trafficking victims overall. The government continued to operate shelters and other facilities that provided victims a wide variety of immediate and long-term care and rehabilitative services.
Turning Around the Record on Sex Trafficking in Israel
Human Trafficking & Modern-day Slavery - Israel
In , attorney and social activist Nomi Levenkron was sitting in a Tel Aviv courtroom, begging a municipal judge to grant temporary working visas to two women from Moldova who had been trafficked to Israel and forced to work as prostitutes in a brothel. One of the women had given birth prematurely after being kicked in the stomach by her pimp. Levenkron, then the legal adviser to the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants , a group that advocates for victims of sex trafficking and migrant laborers, had filed suits on behalf of the women—a criminal case against the traffickers and a civil suit demanding money from them to compensate the women for their work. Many in the law enforcement community had little sympathy for such women at the time, says Levenkron, who now teaches at the Institute of Criminology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was sweet and amazing and helped with other women, calling me when they arrived at a safe house. That was back when Israel had only begun addressing its sex trafficking crisis. Today, through the efforts of nonprofits and lawmakers in the Knesset, victims of sex trafficking in Israel receive a work visa and rehabilitation in a shelter for a year as well as medical care and state-funded legal aid.
Human trafficking in Israel
Human trafficking in Israel includes the trafficking of men and women into the country for forced labor and sex slavery. The country has made serious efforts to reduce the problem in recent years and now ranks 90th out of countries who provide data. Low-skilled workers from China , Romania , Africa , Turkey , Thailand , the Philippines , Nepal , Sri Lanka , and India migrate voluntarily for contract jobs in the construction, agriculture, and health care industries. Some, however, may subsequently face conditions of forced labour, such as unlawful holding of passports, restrictions on movement, non-payment of wages, threats, and physical intimidation.
By Ella Ide. By Edith M. Human trafficker gets 7 years for forcing woman into prostitution. Vladimir Chernyshev promised a Russian woman work in Tel Aviv but instead beat, raped and kept her captive until she agreed to sex work. By Tamar Pileggi.