Israel has made progress but has not yet achieved its goal.
Communicated by Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon attended a meeting this morning (July 7) of the Knesset Subcommittee on Trafficking in Women. The committee discussed the American State Department report on human trafficking.
DFM Ayalon said at the meeting that eradicating the trafficking in human beings, and particularly in women and children, who are the most vulnerable, is morally important and essential to preserving the human character of Israeli society. It is also important to Israel’s image of itself as an enlightened state, especially after its accession to the OECD.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to act vis-à-vis the State Department, which follows human trafficking globally and publishes reports about different states. Israel is currently among the countries that act against human trafficking but have not yet eliminated it (Group 2). Israel’s goal is to move up by next year to Group 1, the states most effective at eliminating human trafficking.