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For the eight consecutive year, the State of Israel has ranked in Tier 1, leading the world in the struggle against human trafficking as listed in the U.S. State Department 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report.

During the course of 2018, according to the report, 59 victims of trafficking and slavery were identified in Israel, 139 criminal investigations were opened and 22 indictments were filed in connection with trafficking offenses.

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Of those, there were 41 women and 18 men, including five victims of male slavery.

Free civil legal assistance was granted by the state to 109 victims, through legal aid at the Ministry of Justice, and health services were provided to 94 victims of trafficking and slavery, both women and men.

The state has signed six bilateral agreements with various countries to bring in workers in the fields of agriculture and construction, in a manner that will prevent the collection of brokerage fees, and in 2018 signed two additional agreements with the Philippines to bring in workers in the hotel and nursing sectors as well.

Comprehensive training for the prevention of human trafficking was held for more than 925 professionals, as well as training on sexual offenses and human trafficking for all judges who hear criminal cases.

“This is the eighth year in a row that the State of Israel’s efforts to eradicate human trafficking have been recognized internationally, and I commend the continued commitment and cooperation of all government ministries and the Ministry of Justice Coordination Unit,” said Justice Minister Amir Ohana. “We will continue to act to increase enforcement against offenders in order to eradicate the phenomenon and to assist the victims of the crime.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.