Israel: Police Bust Network Trafficking The Disabled
Israeli police arrested six people on Monday for allegedly trafficking speech and hearing impaired people from Eastern Europe and forcing them to beg on the streets.
Police rescued ten trafficking victims from an apartment in the city, before transferring them to a shelter.
Police said the traffickers brought their victims to Israel on tourist visas, withheld their passports, and pocketed the vast majority of their earnings. At least one of the trafficked people was alleged to be the victim of sexual assault.
The suspects are being held for crimes including human trafficking, false imprisonment and forced labor.