TFHT Director Michal Leibel spent much of the Sukkot holiday attending an international conference in Nicosia, Cyprus. The “International Best Practices in Combating Human Trafficking” Conference was organized by PRIO and hosted by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in partnership with the Swedish and Norwegian Ministries for Foreign Affairs. Researchers, funders, direct service providers, policy makers and activists from Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, USA, Germany, Austria and Sweden, Israel and the Palestinian Territories gathered to discuss issues such as victim services, public policy, legislation, the allocation of resources towards law enforcement and rehabilitation and the need for close collaboration between the authorities and civil society.
By Rachelle Tchiprout
“She had to drink and drug herself each night to steel herself in preparation to ‘service’ 20-30 of the brothel’s johns who paid to repeatedly rape her.” – Michal Leibel
On August 13th, 2015, a 36-year old woman hung herself in the brothel where she worked and lived for many years. After 15 years of repeated abuse, she took her life as a way out of the world of prostitution.