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The Israeli sex slave trade
Sex trafficking is a $750 million a year industry in Israel. Of the approximately one million people who are the victims of human trafficking each year, about 2,000 are women brought to Israel for sex trade, according to GesherCity Boston.
GesherCity Boston, run through the Jewish Community Relations Council, is a volunteer-led group for Boston area Jews in their 20s and early 30s.
“We want to expose people to the issue,” said Rachel Siemon, a volunteer organizer for GesherCity. “No one should be subjected to the things these women go through.”
Rabbi Levi Lauer is the founding executive director of ATZUM, an Israeli social justice organization that focuses on human trafficking in Israel.
“The days are gone when they thought they were coming to be nannies,” Lauer said of the trafficked women. “These women are desperately poor and willing to follow any promise. None of them think they’re coming to work as sex slaves, even if they know they’re going to be part of sex trade.”
Most of the trafficked women are from Russia, and enter Palestine through the Egyptian border by way of Bedouin smugglers. They are sold on the block in Eilat before being kept in brothels, or working as escorts for an average of 14 months. When the women have outlived their usefulness, they are dumped on the street, arrested, and deported.
Charles Jacobs, president and founder of the American Anti-Slavery Group, is concerned that exposing this problem will increase global hatred of Israel.
Rabbi Levi Lauer, on the other hand, thinks it’s important to acknowledge serious issues threatening Israel’s integrity, like sex trafficking.
“U.S. Jews don’t want to know about it,” he said. “This is the most serious moral disgrace in their homeland.”(Slaughtering Palestinians is not a moral disgrace? -- AZ)
Meanwhile Hooters, the restaurant chain known for its scantily clad servers, is heading to Israel.
Atlanta-based Hooters of America Inc. will open a restaurant this year in Tel Aviv, with several more locations in Israel to follow.
There are more than 430 Hooters Restaurants in the United States and 23 other countries, including Canada, China, Australia, Switzerland and Brazil.
Over the next two years, Hooters plans to expand years to Colombia, Dubai, Guam, New Zealand and India.