Prevention

 
Prevention methods are powerful tools in combating trafficking, creating a climate unwelcoming to trafficking. Israel has adopted several measures to prevent human trafficking, slavery and forced labour.​

  • Increased border control on airports and at sea.
  • Information campaigns conducted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in countries of origin for trafficking victims, to alert women who may potentially enter the country illegally.
  • Informing foreign workers of their rights in Israel before they arrive.
  • Promoting bilateral agreements with foreign workers countries of origin, in order to regulate the recruitment of foreign workers for Israel, and to prevent the wrongful brokerage fees foreign workers are charged. Exorbiant brokerage fees collected from foreign workers create a fertile ground for the exploitation of foreign workers during their stay in Israel, an exploitation which may amount to crimes of slavery and forced labour. Bilateral agreements place a limit on the fees a worker may be charged, and place recruitment at the control of the state (on the impact of bilateral agreements in Israel, see this study).
  • Training in the Ministry of Economics and with specific organizations who come in contact with foreigners, including the enforcement unit in the migration authority, labour inspectors in the Ministry of Economics, custody review tribunals and more. The National Coordinator's unit places a focus on training and providing the tools for identifying victims of trafficking and slavery offences, due to the complexity of victim recognition - which requires alertness, cultural awareness, and familiarity with the relevant patterns.
  • The National Coordinator attempts to identify and solve problems in their earlier stages.
 
It is worth noting the reciprocal relationship between "prosecution", "protection" and "prevention"; for example, efforts in the prosecution and protection domain contribute also to the prevention of human trafficking. Increased prosecution creates deterrence, and contributes to the prevention of new trafficking cases. Victims who feel protected and empowered (say due to rehabilitation in a shelter) will be less vulnerable to re-trafficking in the future (which is a common phenomenon among victims who were not properly rehabilitated).