This coming July will mark 15 unflattering years that Israel has been included on the "Trafficking in Persons Report", a report that ranks countries on how they deal with trafficking of women for prostitution. Israel has come a long way since then, but much work is still needed to put an end to women trafficking. Attorney Nomi Levenkron describes the changes in trafficking patterns and the different ways Israel deals with these issues. Much has been done, and yet much more is still needed.
Migrant women often find themselves the victims of abuse in Israel, where they are often alone, without the support of relatives and family members. They do not know their rights, and have difficulty receiving clarity about them. Additionally there is the threat of deportation from the country, if they report their abuse, they might be discovered by the Interior Ministry and sent away.
Women asylum seekers suffer not only exclusion and are discriminated against based on their ethnicity or lack of legal status in Israel - moreover, they are being discriminated against based on their gender.The Eritrean women center that was established four years ago, provides a place for these women where they can share the many difficulties of being a woman asylum-seekers in Israel. Asmait Mahazion the director of the center, explains about this unique initiative.
The time of pregnancy emphasizes the discrimination against status-less women in Israel, and clarifies what it means to be a migrant in Israel, to be, as it were, transparent, to be excluded from the net of health and welfare services, and to be in constant struggle over what, for Israeli residents, is usually obvious. In the following we shall describe but some of the ways that this discrimination takes form.