May hails Is­rael’s war on slav­ery

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

HOME SEC­RE­TARY Theresa May has vis­ited Is­rael to see how the coun­try’s ap­proach to tack­ling mod­ern slav­ery and hu­man traf­fick­ing can ben­e­fit Bri­tain.

Mrs May said the Is­raeli govern­ment’s work on the is­sue was an “in­ter­na­tional suc­cess story”, but warned that leg­is­la­tion alone could not solve the prob­lem.

Bri­tain has es­tab­lished anti-traf­fick­ing teams at borders and Mrs May dis­cussed meth­ods Is­rael has adopted to pros­e­cute traf­fick­ers and pro­vide shel­ter and sup­port for vic­tims.

She met for­mer Knes­set mem­ber Orit Zuaretz who is cred­ited with leading ini­tia­tives to com­bat the traf­fick­ing of women, as well as civil rights groups and vic­tims.

A Mod­ern Slav­ery Bill, the first of its kind in Europe, is cur­rently pass­ing through Par­lia­ment. Mrs May said: “My visit en­abled me to see at first­hand how leg­is­la­tion helps to bring the people be­hind these ter­ri­ble crimes to jus­tice, and en­cour­ages vic­tims to move for­ward with their lives.”

Dur­ing the trip on Mon­day and Tues­day the Home Sec­re­tary laid a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holo­caust mu­seum.

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