Amnesty Criticizes Israel over Trade in Women

Published May 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that the country is responsible for the local proliferation of the phenomenon of "traded women," in which women from abroad are lured to Israel under false pretenses and then enslaved as prostitutes in brothels, reported Haaretz Thursday. 

"The traded women come in contact with many Israeli government agencies, but there seems to be no clear policy in fighting these violations of human rights," Amnesty noted in its report, quoted by the daily. 

The report, the product of a special investigation conducted last spring, added, "the government of Israel failed to take appropriate steps to prevent, investigate, try and punish those responsible for the violations of human rights commited against traded women." 

According to Haaretz, the report marks the first time that Amnesty International has turned its investigative eye toward "trade" in women. Israel was chosen as the group's first case study.  

Hundreds of women are smuggled into Israel annually, most from the former Soviet Union. The presence of a large community of immigrants from those countries facilitates their illicit entry and stay in Israel, reported Haaretz – 

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