Israel hosts human trafficking seminar

Thursday, December 14, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Israel hosted a seminar on Wednesday as part of the EU-Israel Action plan to compare ways of fighting human trafficking.

The seminar was initiated by the European Neighborhood Policy Action Plan and Israel’s Ministry of Justice, which have been working together over the past year to help bring an end to human trafficking. The EU (European Union) shared with Israel its extensive knowledge on the subject and gave practical steps on how to combat the trafficking of human beings.

In October, the Knesset (Israeli parliament) passed a bill banning human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution and forced labor.

“We are talking about an innovative and revolutionary law, which deals harshly with traffickers of people and body parts,” said Zahava Gal-on, member of Knesset. “The law will provide law enforcement officers better tools to combat the phenomenon.”

There are an estimated 3,000 women in Israel, according to Amnesty International, involved in trafficking rings and Israel wants to help these women, many of whom are victims of extreme violence.

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