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israel named tier 1 nation in combating human trafficking

Israel has been awarded the highest ranking for its efforts to combat human trafficking in the U.S. State Department's 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report, published on June 20, 2014. 

The State Department assigns countries one of four "tiers" based on their government efforts to put a stop to trafficking in persons. The findings assigned Israel a rank of Tier 1, noting that the country has continued to work determinedly to stop human trafficking, with various authorities making efforts to identify trafficking victims and move them to special shelters and taking harsh steps against traffickers.

Until 2012, the State Department ranked Israel a Tier 2 nation in its annual report on the fight against human trafficking. A Tier 2 ranking indicates a country that does not meet the minimum standards of combating human trafficking but is making efforts to do so. Israel became a Tier 1 country in June 2012.

The U.S. State Department report praises Israel's efforts to identify and rescue trafficking victims and take punitive steps against traffickers. The report also praised efforts this past year to increase public awareness of the issue, and work by an interministerial team that examined underage prostitution in Israel. The team was headed by an anti-human trafficking unit from the Justice Ministry.

Israel has opened 3 shelters for trafficking victims, a day center in Tel Aviv that provides assistance to victims, and free legal aid for victims of human trafficking. 
 
Based on reporting by Israel HaYom.