Woman to Go, Atzum--Justice Works

The WOMAN TO GO campaign (first three images) was organized by ATZUM-Justice Works to raise awareness about sex trafficking of women in Israel.
Woman To Go campaign

Woman To Go campaign

Photographer Emese Benko offers a view of prostitution in Tel Aviv. This is Ira (below). She was 23 when Emese took this photo.
'Ira, Tel Aviv' by Emese Benko

This ad (below) was found in an Israeli magazine. It reads: Unlike drugs, a woman's body can be sold over and over.Sex trafficking awareness ad

Selected NGOs in Israel focused on human trafficking

Isha L'Isha, established in 1983, describes itself as "the oldest grassroots feminist organization in Israel and one of the leading voices of women’s rights in the country."

Kav LaOved "is a nonprofit non governmental organization committed to protecting the rights of disadvantaged workers employed in Israel and by Israelis in the Occupied Territories, including Palestinians, migrant workers, subcontracted workers and new immigrants." Its services include a hotline: 580 175 545

According to its website, the New Israel Fund "founded or funded most of Israel's women's rights organizations and networks, dating back to our establishment of Israel's first Rape Crisis Center network more than twenty years ago."

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel "is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that strives to promote a more fair and inclusive society in which the right to health is applied equally for all."

Rabbis for Human Rights--North America "is an organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism that acts on the Jewish imperative to respect and protect the human rights of all people."

Task Force on Human Trafficking, a project of ATZUM-Justice Works and the Kabiri-Nevo-Keidar law firm. Its mission is to "help Israel end human trafficking within its borders."

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When Hope Ends in Slavery:
  Human Trafficking in Israel

Lecture & discussion with Rabbi Levi Lauer,
Founding Executive Director of ATZUM-Justice Works

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | AUDIO of the event

Rabbi Lauer, Founding Executive Director, Atzum-Justice Works

Acting on the conviction that Israel serve as an example in addressing social problems and crises, Rabbi Levi Lauer founded ATZUM-Justice Works and, together with Kabiri-Nevo-Keidar, the Task Force on Human Trafficking to address and fight this alarming human rights abuse.

Many thousands of women have been trafficked into Israel. Hundreds of brothels and "discrete apartments" operate throughout the country. According to the U.S. State Department, migrant workers in Israel come searching for better opportunities but many ultimately face conditions of forced labor, sex trafficking, and debt bondage.

Rabbi Lauer will discuss the trafficking crisis in Israel and how activists on the ground are trying to stop it. Question & answer session to follow. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-convened by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and cosponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute,  International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, the Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies Program, the Social Justice & Social Policy Program, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

Task Force on Human Trafficking

IT TAKES MANY dedicated organizations and individuals to shine a light into the shadows of society. ATZUM-Justice Works and other non-profit NGOs in Israel are doing just that.

Documentaries and videos
  about trafficking in Israel 

Woman To Go: ATZUM-Justice Works, the Task Force on Human Trafficking, and the law firm Kabiri-Nevo-Keidar launched a surprising social campaign called Woman To Go. Women with price tags perched on stools and stood in a shop window display at the WomanToGo store in a Tel Aviv mall. The Woman To Go campaign aims to raise awareness, criminalize the sexual predation of women, and stop the rising trafficking of women into, out of, and within Israel.

CNN reported on the Woman To Go awareness campaign in Tel Aviv in this report and the following video. 

Online price comparison shopping for women: As part of the Woman To Go campaign, "Shalmor Avnon Amichay/Y&R Interactive leveraged Israel's leading price comparison site ZAP to call attention to a different kind of commodity—women. The online stunt was part of the agency's continuing work for Israel's ATZUM Task Force on Human Trafficking."

Woman To Go campaign included a display of women at zap's online shopping site.

"Human Trafficking in Israel" (below) is an investigative report that appeared on the Israeli television news programs "Uvdah" and "Mabat Sheni" in February 2006.

The video report below shines a light on night-time crossings and the scene at the border, as Israeli law enforcement try to do their jobs.

CNN's Kevin Flower reports (below) on the Israeli TV program "Blue Natalie," a drama that creators say is based on facts and real cases of sex trafficking in Israel.

"Holy Ghetto" is a documentary work-in-progress by Boston-based filmmaker Ilan Azoulai and OneWorld Production Group. It "explores the devastating legacy of Israel’s long unregulated sex trafficking industry on a generation of silenced, stateless women."

Holy Ghetto

"Laid To Rest" is also a documentary work-in-progress by Ornit Barkai, scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. It "highlights the largely untold story of the Jewish white trade in Buenos Aires between 1870’s-1930."

The following is an interview on the latest stage adaptation of Ilan Sheinfeld's novel about the historic Jewish trafficking in Argentina. Excerpts will be included in the "Laid To Rest" documentary.

Articles about human trafficking in Israel

"Sex trafficking to Israel takes a detour?" Arieh O'Sullivan, The Media Line, July 25, 2011, The Jerusalem Post.

"US human trafficking report: Israel has room to improve," June 28, 2011, The Jerusalem Post.

"US State Dept. slams Israel over human trafficking," Ran Dangoni, June 28, 2011, Globes.

"Israel: People-trafficking gang uncovered," March 12, 2009, IRIN.

"Israel a Human Trafficking Haven," August 18, 2004, FOXNews.com.


2011 Trafficking in Persons Report, U.S. Department of State