Quarters for Quarters has begun working together with the Jerusalem Institute of Justice to help those who have been trafficked in Israel.
“The trafficking of men, women, and minors for forced labor and prostitution is an alarming phenomenon that has ravaged the State of Israel. Urban centers such as Tel Aviv and Haifa have served as destinations for these victims, absorbing thousands from nations with devastated economies and staggering unemployment rates. Searching for means of survival, many are trafficked from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Belarus, China, and the Philippines.
In recent years, a decrease in international trafficking into Israel has only been met by an alarming increase in the number of Israeli victims (particularly women) sexually exploited within its own borders – a crisis observed, yet often neglected by law enforcement and the government. Countless cases testify that victims are physically or psychologically coerced into this form of modern-day slavery. An estimated 80% of prostitutes are victims of human trafficking. The industry’s clientele is comprised of religious and non-religious men as young as 11 years of age up to the elderly. Reports suggest that the industry annually generates a total of one billion dollars with an average of one million visits to brothels per month.
Project NOA (Not Objects Anymore), initiated and managed by Jerusalem Institute of Justice (JIJ), combats this phenomenon and provides assistance to victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation through legal representation, legislation, and education. While providing legal services for individual human trafficking victims, JIJ also works on a national level by lobbying in the Knesset and drafting legislation to heighten legal restrictions of the local prostitution industry. Partnering with other advocacy organizations such as Isha L’Isha and Freedom Foundation, JIJ provides education, support services, and financial assistance to victims and their children.”
For more information, you can go to the Advocacy section of the Jerusalem Institute for Justice’s website: http://www.jij.org.il/advocacy_sub.php?id=8
Because of your love, prayers, and gifts, Quarters for Quarters has raised thousands of dollars specifically to help women brutalized in this way. King Messiah said about those who helped His people, “If you have done it to one of the least of these [My brothers and sisters], you have done it for Me.”