Trafficking by Dorit Dotan

July 1, 2014
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Dorit Jordan Dotan was born in 1961, and lives in Haifa, Israel. For over twenty years she has run her own independent graphic design studio. Most of her clients have been non-profit Israeli and Palestinian organizations active in the areas of peace, co-existence, women’s issues and human rights.


Her long-time participation in social change activities has brought her photographs and designs to the wider Israeli public.  She has often served voluntarily as in-house photographer for many organizations.  Her photographs have been published in Israeli print and online news (The Jerusalem Post, Maariv, Ha’aretz, Yediot  Achronot, Nana10), and have been used for publications, brochures, and posters of NGO’s all over Israel.   Her work has appeared in international news outlets in print and on line in Germany (Der Speigel, GEO).  She has created an impressive body of fine art images and photographs, including architectural, textural and urban genres.  She continues to photograph events in Israel in the hope of contributing to social change.


Additionally, Dorit designs hand-drawn ketubot and illustrated blessings, found online at


Dorit’s work has been recently seen at the Hebrew Union College Museum, New York, NY in the exhibition“The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat, curated by Laura Kruger.


Trafficking and Forced Prostitution of Women in Israel 
In 2007, I accompanied Rita Chaiken, Anti-Traffiking Project Coordinator for Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center, to search for where trafficked women were held, and where they were forced to work as prostitutes.  The vast majority of women were trafficked from Eastern Europe (Moldavia, Russia, Ukraine, etc.).
These photographs only hint at the vast, hidden network of apartments, “hotels”, abandoned buildings, and alleys  found in Haifa that house the victims of trafficking, their captors, and of course, their customers.
I documented the searching, peeking onto doorways, questioning  passersby, and occasionally, meeting women that Rita Chaiken relentlessly undertook to expose the human trade in Israel.

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