Combating Slavery and Forced Labor in Israel


The Anti-Trafficking Law of 2006 included a new offence of holding a person under conditions of slavery - section 375A of the Israeli Penal code.

Combating this form of modern slavery presents many challenges. First, the victims are primarily migrants, who are reluctant to seek help from the authorities, for various reasons. Second, investigating such cases requires sensitivity and understanding of both the perpetrators and the victim population – including familiarity with their native cultures. Finally, even when an investigation occurs, it is often difficult to distinguish between instances of regulatory offenses and those of more severe criminal offenses such as human trafficking, forced labor, or slavery.
It is apparent, therefore, that the different officials who come in contact with potential victims must be trained in order to identify them - and so much effort is put into training.
Israel has taken several forms of action against this phenomenon including through prevention, prosecution, and protection. Many of them are detailed in the National Plan on combating trafficking for slavery - approved in 2007.