The war on human trafficking has reached the President's Residence: President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday bestowed honors for the fight against human trafficking.
During the ceremony Netanyahu said, "The fact there human trafficking exists is frightening."
The honors were received by Marit Danon, for her contribution as Director of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women, and for the establishment of protective frameworks for women working in prostitution, Rinat Davidovich, for her contribution as director of shelters for victims of prostitution, and for the Kav Laoved worker's hotline, for its contribution in the advancement of legislation and raising the public's awareness.
During the ceremony, Peres said, "There must not be even a trace of trafficking of children or women in our country. A war to the end must be waged against it, without compromise, and without mercy.
"One of the conditions for the success of a war on this ghastly disease is the existence of unforgiving public opinion, of explicit laws and adamant enforcement to prevent its existence. It is the State's duty to ensure that a person's liberty be preserved, that economic distress, or physical weakness not be exploited.
"That the rights of every citizen, as a person, not be violated. The fight against human trafficking, which exists in Israel, must be boosted, and it must be uprooted."
Netanyahu said at the event, "It is a horror that should concern every person that considers themselves a part of human civilization. It compels us to mobilize against the continuation of this phenomenon. There are still people who are trying to make a profit out of greed by human trafficking."