Mourning and Protesting the Death of G

a womanLast Thursday G’ took her life in the brothel on 98 Ha’Yarkon., Tel Aviv, where she had been living for fifteen years exploited daily by dozens of men.

Saturday evening, 22 August at 20:00, we will be holding a memorial and protest event in front of the brothel.

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The brothel on 98 Ha’Yarkon has been operating in the same building for more than a decade. The police have issued several orders of closure, none was ever implemented owing to appeals by the pimps who operate the brothel.. G’s friends believe her tragic suicide in the brothel intended to expose the brothel and force its closure.

Vered Lee commented in Haaretz on the brothel and the suicide:

The meeting will take place in the London Garden, close to the brothel on 98 Ha’Yarkon at 20:00.

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The public is urged to join our mourning and our protest.

Event: Fighting Sexual Violence Together!

Here in Israel elections are coming up and everyone has an important decision to make about which party to vote for. If you care about advancing women’s rights, then join ATZUM’s Task Force and The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel on Sunday, February 15th to hear what the parties have to say about these important issues.

Singer songwriter Shimrit Greilsammer will kick the event off with music from her new album. The concert will be followed by a panel discussion with candidates from across the political spectrum.

Panelists include:

MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli HaBayit HaYehudi
MK Yifat Kariv Yesh Atid
MK Orly Levi-Abekasis Yisrael Beitenu
MK Michal Rozin Meretz
Dr. Anat Berko Likud
Revital Swid Zionist Camp
Rachel Azaria Kulano
Aida Touma-Sliman The Joint List
Ruth Colian B’Zhutan

When: Sunday, February 15th 19:00 – 21:30

Where: HaTachana HaRishona – David Remez 4, Jerusalem

For more details see our event on Facebook:

* We hope to see you all there!

Rabbi Levi Lauer to Present at Jewish Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach

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Retraction from the Jerusalem Post

We would like to bring to your attention that on Friday, June 21, the Jerusalem Post erroneously printed that one of the people associated with the ongoing investigation of the chief Rabbi of Israel is the director of ATZUM. We immediately made them aware of this error. As a result they removed the mistake from their website and printed the following in Sunday’s print edition:
The Jerusalem Post in its Friday print and electronic editions erroneously reported that one of the parties to the ongoing investigation of the chief rabbi is connected to ATZUM – Justice works. That individual has absolutely no connection to ATZUM. We sincerely regret the error.

TFHT Co-Executive Director Rabbi Levi Lauer Presents at Limmud

ATZUM Founder and TFHT Co-Executive Director Rabbi Levi Lauer tells us that Limmud UK is a widely diverse, engaging and productive Jewish educational conference. His presentation on the Task Force’s work this past December was attended by tens of people who volunteered to help TFHT’s work after learning of its efforts.

Rabbi Lauer sought to better inform the attendees about the situation of prostitution and human trafficking in Israel and the necessity of non-government organization involvement to effect legislative change. In his discussion, Rabbi Lauer described the development of ATZUM’s work, beginning with raising awareness in Israel through media, then prioritizing the passage of progressive legislation encouraging the enforcement of existing anti-trafficking laws.

It was particularly important for Rabbi Lauer his talk convey that to love Israel is to confront the country’s most egregious problems, and that Jews from the Diaspora are of vital importance in pushing for change. “I think that more people are aware. Getting cooperation from the Diaspora is important. Every Jew in the world who cares about the destiny of the Jewish people should take this seriously.”

How Porn Creates the John

On December 19th the Task Force on Human Trafficking and the Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies jointly hosted a lecture at Hebrew University. Professor Gail Dines presented How Porn Creates the John: Porn, Trafficking, and the Social Construction of Masculinity.

Professor Dines is a professor of Sociology and Women Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, MA. She is also the author of numerous articles and books, including Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality. Her lecture dealt with the ways in which the rising violence and misogyny within the porn industry increases the demand for prostitution and sex trafficking.

Since the lecture, the Task Force has received many requests for a video of the event. We are pleased to announce the lecture can be viewed in its entirety below.

Tel Aviv Municipality Addresses Prostitution Advertisement

On February 14th the Task Force on Human Trafficking conducted a seminar for Tel- Aviv Municipality employees about the massive dissemination of business cards advertising prostitution in the city. These cards are strewn across nearly every sidewalk and auto windshield in Tel-Aviv. Although advertising sexual services in Israel is illegal, Tel-Aviv minors on bicycles are paid 100 shekels for every sack of business cards they spread across the city.

As stated by the Tel-Aviv Municipality, the purpose of the seminar was “…to gain a deep understanding of the problems and importance of this phenomenon.” The seminar included presentations from Gili Varon, Director of TFHT, Reut Guy of Elem/ Youth in Distress, and Neama Rivlin, the Executive Director of Saleet, a shelter that assists women who are exiting prostitution.

“There was a great spirit of cooperation at the seminar,” remarked Varon. “The Municipality and non-profits have finally come together to learn about and combat this phenomenon.”

International Women’s Day – The Price of Sex

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Task Force on Human Trafficking hosted a film screening and panel discussion about sex trafficking and prostitution. The event was held at the Jerusalem Cinematheque and featured The Price of Sex, a courageous documentary by photojournalist Mimi Chakarova. The film tells of tens of thousands of young Eastern European women trafficked throughout the world. It also addresses why the international community has allowed this to happen.

At the event, the Task Force recognized former Knesset Member Orit Zuaretz as a leader in the fight against sex trafficking and prostitution in Israel. TFHT was proud to present Zuaretz with ATZUM’s Ot HaDror Award which recognizes leaders who strive to abolish modern slavery. Throughout her four years in the Knesset, MK Zuaretz worked tirelessly to confront the evils of trafficking and prostitution in Israel. In addition to chairing the Knesset’s Subcommittee in Trafficking in Women, Zuaretz also sponsored and laid the foundations for the eventual passage of the Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment Bill, a bill that criminalizes the purchase of sexual services to help eradicate the demand for trafficking and prostitution in Israel.

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TFHT Presents: Professor Gail Dines at Hebrew University

TFHT is pleased to announce that on December 19, Professor Gail Dines will present a lecture entitled “How Porn Creates the John: Porn, Trafficking and the Social Construction of Masculinity” at Hebrew University on Mount Scopus. The lecture will take place in The Faculty of Social Sciences Building room 3202 beginning at 2:30 PM. The Task Force on Human Trafficking and The Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies are hosting the event.

Professor Dines is Professor of Sociology and Women Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, MA. An internationally acclaimed speaker, she is the author of numerous articles and books, including her most recent work Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality.

For more information, please contact Rebecca.

Y&R Israel Takes Home 2012 Non-Profit Advertising Trophy For ATZUM’s “Women To Go” Campaign

ATZUM is proud to announce that collaborator Y&R Israel was awarded the 2012 Effie Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Advertising earlier this month for developing the ‘Women To Go’ awareness campaign for the Task Force on Human Trafficking (TFHT), a project of ATZUM and the law firm Kabiri-Nevo-Keidar.

The ongoing campaign, which seeks to raise public awareness about sex trafficking and prostitution in Israel by exposing these corruptions of human dignity in a public space, features models posing in a storefront as “merchandise” complete with price tags and product information.  Volunteers stand outside to inform startled passersby how they can participate in the campaign against sex trafficking. [Read more…]