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Subject: X post #9 [end-violence] Steps to prevent trafficking
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Thu Feb 25 1999 - 13:51:48 EST

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From: Anya Stone <A.Stone@iwn.org>
Subject: [end-violence] Steps to prevent trafficking
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Dear List:

According to the Israel Women's Network Workgroup Against Trafficking, the
three most important steps that can be taken by Israeli government to
prevent trafficking in women and protect the human rights of women who
have been trafficked to this country are:

1. Legislation:
Creation of a specific law against the sale in persons. And, the adoption
of section 202 (2) which would forbid the solicitation of a woman to leave
her country in order to come to Israel for the purpose of engaging in

2. Policy Change:
Make the trafficking of women a high priority on the police agenda; both
monetarily and with regard to time and manpower. The law enforcement focus
needs to switch from raiding brothels as de facto immigration sweeps --
and deporting women as illegal aliens -- to the arrest and prosecution of
pimps and traffickers followed by stringent sentencing. The police and
judicial priority and understanding needs to change from enforcement of
immigration violations to enforcement of human rights violations.

3. Empowerment of Help Organizations:
Find funding for Israeli NGOs which work against trafficking. Funding
will allow the social assistance programs that already exist on paper to
begin. Without money there is only so much that can be done. Establishing
shelter(s) where women can stay and receive the support
(medical/psychological/emotional/educational) that they need while
awaiting deportation is of primary importance. Trafficked women can spend
up to six months waiting in prison before they are sent home.

Most importantly there has to be a Will To Change expressed by the Israeli
government to its various bureaucratic and police offices. Without this
directive, no office will take any action.

Anya Stone

Foreign Communications Coordinator
IWN Workgroup Against Trafficking

The Israel Women's Network
PO Box 53186
Jerusalem 91531, Israel
Tel: 972-2-6718885, Fax: 972-2-6718887
email: A.Stone@iwn.org

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