Recent history has witnessed the evolution of a new form of slavery - Human Trafficking. This atrocious transnational crime is being committed across the globe. People are dehumanized and treated as objects, exploited by others for their own benefit. Often those forced into this slavery are from impoverished countries or underprivileged backgrounds, and many times they are foreign immigrants who are easily taken advantage of. There are several objectives for which humans are trafficked, including: prostitution, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, bonded labor, removal of human organs, and more.
Combating Human Trafficking raises many challenges when faced with the complex aspects of this modern form of slavery. Thus, the appointment of an Anti-Trafficking Coordinator by the Israeli Government, in 2006, was a necessary step. The Coordinator's Office orchestrates the cooperative efforts of many institutions in combating human trafficking in accordance with international standards.
A single case of trafficking may often include the involvement of several authorities such as the police, the prison service, the State Attorney's Office, the Ministry of social affairs and social services, the Ministry of Health, the Population and Immigration Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and more. The Anti-Trafficking Office's mission is to promote cooperation between all relevant government authorities.
The Office also serves as a bridge between government authorities and non-governmental organizations, as well as with relevant international bodies. This collaboration, as stressed by international treaties, allows for the most effective action against modern slavery and for successful aid for its victims.
The Office of the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator operates in several arenas, and continues to broaden its scope of action to meet the demands of the ever-changing battle against human trafficking. Its responsibilities include: ongoing communication and collaboration with various Israeli and international bodies; serving as an informative source of data regarding human trafficking globally and in Israel; building and maintaining a database of judicial decisions as well as expert opinions on the matter; providing guidance and consultation for legislative action; participating in parliamentary meetings; participating in inter-ministerial committees, including the Directors General Committee for combating trafficking; educating and raising awareness on human trafficking; training key professionals in the field (police, social workers, immigration officers, state attorneys, judges, medical professionals, and more). In addition, the Office has an active role regarding the annual Presidential ceremony honoring efforts of combating human trafficking.
For more information on coordination in combating human trafficking, see here