As we start making preparations for the holiday marking Jewish liberation from slavery, it’s appropriate to call attention to the shocking and disgusting fact that there is a flourishing slave trade here in Israel today.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 women have been smuggled into Israel and sold into prostitution over the past four years, according to a Knesset committee investigative report examining the status of the sex trade in Israel…. The trafficking in women amounts to around a billion dollars every year. The women, sold to pimps for $8,000 to $10,000, are forced to work seven days a week and between 14 and 18 hours a day.
Human rights group ATZUM adds that
Israel has been ranked as a “tier 2” country by the US State Department, reflecting the fact that Israel is a country who does not yet accord with minimum standards for battling human trafficking….44% of the victims report that [Israeli] police officers were among their customers. In a few instances, policemen have been more actively involved in the trafficking process by taking bribes or tipping off brothels of raids…. Often, women are raped and assaulted even before the cross into the country.