Israel’s 5-Year Report on Human TraffickingWednesday 18/01/2023

The Justice Ministry of Israel released its first report on human trafficking in Israel spanning from 2017 to 2021 and it identified 325 victims.

This post discusses a report mentioned in an article published originally on the Jerusalem Post website.

The Israel Justice Ministry’s Governmental Unit for Coordinating the Fight Against Human Trafficking has published its first activity report, in which it was revealed that Israel has identified 325 victims of human trafficking in the last five years (2017-2021).

The report revealed that 71% of the 325 human trafficking victims were women, and one percent were minors. It also showed that 40% of the victims were trafficked for the sake of sexual exploitation, 44% were held under the conditions of slavery and 16% were trafficked for other reasons.

It was also reported that the Israel Police conducted 789 interrogations of suspects of human trafficking, out of which only 155 were indicted and 99 were convicted.

The report also detailed specific cases of human trafficking that were caught and dealt with, including a trafficking ring that brought women in from abroad for the sake of prostitution, a family that held minors in slavery conditions in their bakery, and a 16-year-old girl who was forced to marry a violent man and then raped and abused by another older man.

The Justice Minister, Gideon Sa’ar, stated that the war against human trafficking is at the center of the country’s basic values and that the government has approved a five-year plan to address the issue.

At JIJ, one of our core missions, through our Project NOA (Not Objects Anymore) initiative is to strike the problem at the source and reduce the demand for prostitution and human trafficking. It’s not an easy mission but we have had some huge wins over the last 14+ years thanks to the support of our followers, subscribers, and donors.

If you wish to learn more about the report, you can click here to view the original report in Hebrew.


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