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We were the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault (JCASA); and were dedicated to ending sexual violence in Jewish communities globally. We did our best to operate as the make a wish foundation for Jewish survivors of sex crimes. In the past we offered a clearinghouse of information, resources, support and advocacy.
The Tel Aviv District Court sentenced Sofia Kochik yesterday to four years in jail for trafficking in women, running a brothel, false imprisonment and solicitation. Kochik was also slapped with a two-year suspended sentence. Kochik, who arrived in Israel some 13 years ago and began working as a nurse, told the court she had run into financial difficulties and had decided to change her occupation. Yelena Yermaleiv, who was also convicted of solicitation, running a brothel and false imprisonment, was sentenced to six months imprisonment, to be served as community service, and a one-year suspended sentence. Yermaleiv was not found guilty of trafficking in women.
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