Prostitution in Israel is legal but pimping, maintaining brothels and trafficking is illegal.
According to a 2005 Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, about 3000 to 5000 women are smuggled annually into Israel and sold into prostitution. Most of the prostitutes come of Ukraine, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Russia and many are smuggled through Egypt. In 2007, a report by the Knesset's Committee on the Status of Women reported that in recent years the number of trafficked women had dropped to less than 1,000. In 2007, the United States State Department placed Israel as a "Tier 2" in its annual Trafficking in Persons reports, meaning that it does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.
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