Subject: [Stop-traffic] Israel's first trafficking trial
From: Ann Jordan (Annj@HRLawgroup.org)
Date: Wed Aug 02 2000 - 10:29:51 EDT
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E n g l i s h E d i t i o n
Wednesday, August 2, 2000
Sex slave testifies against pimps, kidnappers, rapists in Be'er Sheva
By Zvi Harel
Ha'aretz Legal Correspondent
A woman who was enslaved as a sex worker testified yesterday in Tel Aviv
District Court in the trial of nine defendants arrested on counts of
conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping to perpetrate sexual offenses, false
imprisonment, and rape.
Yesterday's witness, a Ukrainian native, is one of four prostitutes slated
to testify in the trial.
The prosecution has made haste to bring these four women to the witness
stand, since they lack permits for residence in Israel and face deportation.
The witness attested yesterday to wide-scale sale and enslavement of sex
workers. She said that she was intimidated by threats that she could be sold
to Arab pimps in the territories, for $17,000.
She explained that handlers in the territories exploit prostitutes until
they are "worn out" - the women don't last more than three months, the
Yesterday's testimony related to the fourth count in the indictment, which
charges that on May 6th of this year, three of the defendants, Rauf Shlomov,
Eliezer Negdiman and Pa'sar Avdiev, conspired to kidnap prostitutes.
The three men tried to shove the witness and a second woman into an
automobile outside of a hotel. Negdiman used a knife to force the witness
inside the car while the other woman escaped.
The then defendants took the woman to Be'er Sheva, and kept her confined
Avdiev and another defendant are accused of sexually abusing the women while
she was kept imprisoned in the Negev capital.
The charge sheet charges that Boris Shposhnik, also a defendant in the case,
is alleged to have kept the victim jailed in his Be'er Sheva home, while a
$5,000 sale ensued to return the woman back to her original pimp, outside of
the Be'er Sheva region.
Cross-examination of the witness will continue today.
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