Inter-ministerial and Parliment efforts

 

Government decisions
Throughout the years there have been several government decisions relating to the topic of human trafficking, including the committee of Directors General (see below), the establishment of shelters for victims of trafficking, and the appointment of an inter-ministerial coordinator of the struggle to eradicate trafficking.

 

Two national plans for the struggle to eradicate human trafficking (2007) were presented to the government for approval and were prepared by an inter-ministerial team.

National Plan regarding the Battle against Slavery and Trafficking in Persons for the Purposes of Slavery or Forced Labor

National Plan regarding the Battle against Trafficking in Persons for the Purpose of Prostitution

 

The Committee of Directors General
The Directors General committee on the struggle against human trafficking was established by government decision number 63, on May 1st 2006. The decision instructed the establishment of a Directors General committee which will be responsible for formulating decisions regarding the coordination of the battle against human trafficking. The committee is charged with making policy decisions in prosecution of perpetrators, in the protection of the trafficking victims, and to create a prevention strategy plan. Said committee is composed of the directors general of the different ministries relevant to the subject, or their senior representatives.
The ministries that are represented in the committee are: the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Economics, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Health, the Israel police and the Prime Minister's office. The Director General of the Ministry of Justice is the committee head.

During the years in which the committee has been active it has dealt with many topics, and established inter-ministerial working groups devoted to specific topics (such as healthcare for trafficking victims). The subjects discussed by the committee include: information campaigns in the countries of origin of trafficking victims, the division of responsibilities between the different enforcement bodies, permits for victims of trafficking and slavery, medical care for victims, identification of victims, the changes in the patterns of trafficking for the purpose of prostitution, unaccompanied minors which were identified as trafficking victims, trafficking victims within the victims of the Sinai torture camp victims and more. ​


The Knesset
Throughout the years, question relating to trafficking in Human Beings were dicussed in the different committees of the Knesset, the Israeli parliment – the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, the Subcommittee on Trafficking in Women and Prostitution, the Special Committee Examining the Problem of Foreign Workers, and more.