Sunday, January 29, 2006

In Israel: the absence of bad news is good news

Big drop in number of foreign women working as prostitutes in Israel. Since these women had been trafficked in illegally as sex slaves forced to work in horrible conditions - this is good news indeed.
Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On, who chairs the Knesset subcommittee for the war against trade in human beings, has said that in the past few years there has been a change in the public's perception of the phenomenon of trafficking women. In the past, the prostitutes were considered to be offenders staying in Israel illegally, while today they are seen as victims whose rights are constantly being violated.

Gal-On said this changed perception was expressed in establishing a shelter and two clinics for these women. Also, the Interior Ministry has given visas and work permits to women who testified against their pimps.

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