BBC: Israel women trafficking soars--sold at
Thu Mar 31, 2005 13:49
Israel women trafficking soars
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. [more]