Author/Editor(s): SAWA – All the Women Together Today and Tomorrow
For far too long, the issue of women’s trafficking and prostitution has remained a hushed and taboo topic in the occupied Palestinian territory. Limited information exists on this human rights abuse, and when addressed, it appears sporadically in local newspapers reporting, for instance, on families selling their daughters.
Trafficking and Forced Prostitution of Palestinian Women and Girls: Forms of Modern Day Slavery is the first, in-depth study of its kind within the region that digs deeper to unravel the layers of this type of abuse. Written and researched by the not-for-profit organization SAWA – All the Women Together Today and Tomorrow with UNIFEM’s support, the briefing paper analyses six case studies — two on fathers selling their daughters, three on traffickers and one on a woman working in prostitution. Further, the study features inputs and testimonies from key informants, such as hotel owners, police officers, trafficked women and taxi-drivers, collated during the first half of 2008, and focuses on possible trafficking routes.
Ultimately, this briefing paper assesses and measures the extent of women trafficking in the Palestinian region in order to call on civil society organizations and Palestinian governmental institutions to take urgent and concrete actions against this human rights violation.