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Israel women trafficking soars
Thousands of Eastern European and Russian girls lured to Tel Aviv and enslaved into prostitution
Up to - 20,000 trafficked women in Israel and more than 280 brothels in Tel Aviv ...
As customers - demands for slave trade workers who do not have HIV or AIDS ...
"Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life....." (Leviticus 25:44-46)
There are an estimated 20,000 female sex slaves forced into prostitution in Tel-Aviv each year. According to a report released in 2005 by the Knesset Subcommittee on Trafficking in Women, between 10,000 and 15,000 women had been smuggled into Israel over the previous four years to work as prostitutes. According to the report, the women, who were mostly from the former Soviet Union, were sold at public auction for as much as $10,000 and forced to work up to 18 hours a day. On average, the women received only three percent of the money they earned from prostitution, and many were raped and beaten. Most of the women had been smuggled over the Egyptian border and lured from Russia and Eastern Europe on false promises of secretarial jobs.
Source: Israel News Agency.com
Between 3,000 and 5,000 women have been smuggled into Israel in the past four years to work as prostitutes, according to a parliamentary inquiry.
The report described how the women are sold at public auctions for as much as $10,000 and forced to work up to 18 hours a day. On average the women receive only three percent of the money they earn from prostitution, the report said. Most of the women are from the former Soviet Union. Many are raped and beaten as they are smuggled into Israel over the Egyptian border, the inquiry found.
Zehava Galon, of the opposition Yahad Party, presented the report to the speaker of the Knesset on Wednesday. "We began this inquiry to investigate the extent of this phenomenon and raise political awareness of their plight and the brutal nature of the trafficking of women in this time of globalisation," said Ms Galon. She said the biggest challenge in addressing the plight of women in the sex trade was changing the attitudes of the Israeli public and police.
The inquiry also criticised judges for passing light sentences, sometimes only community service, for men running prostitution rings. The report called for minimum jail terms of 16 years for those convicted. London-based rights group Amnesty International and the US State Department have also reported an alarming increase in prostitution rings in Israel.
Source: BBC News