12 Jul

This Sunday TFHT’s bill will reach the Ministers Committee, it’s time for pressure!

Sunday, July 16, a bill initiated and shaped by TFHT and  promoted by MKs Shuli Mualem-Refaeli and Zahava Galon, will be submitted to the Ministerial Committee on Legislation. The bill seeks to criminalize the purchase of prostitution and provide rehabilitation for prostituted persons.

In preparation for this ministerial decision, the first and critical step toward passage in the Knesset’s current session, we seek to mobilize all possible support to ensure that the proposal will be passed. Therefore, we ask you now to email the members of the Ministerial Committee of Legislation, urging their support of this bill  to abolish prostitution in Israel.

Please forward this letter to friends, relatives and community leaders so that they might also help. This Sunday is the time to demand Israel’s decision-makers fulfill the will of the public and act without delay to prohibit the consumption of prostitution and rehabilitate victims of prostitution in Israel.
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06 Jul

Even if we ignore it, prostitution exists, and this is how it sounds

One of the least discussed issues regarding prostitution is the role of the consumer, the client (or john) who drives the entire “industry”, creating demand for prostitution.

Prostituted people report that johns come from diverse socioeconomic and religious backgrounds.  Most are in committed relationships, or married, with families.The recently published National Survey on Prostitution in Israel conducted by the Ministries of Social Affairs and Public Security revealed that men purchase sex one million times each year, paying over one and one-quarter billionIsrael shekels for such services.

Disappointingly, however, the survey contained only limited research into the primary driving factor – consumption. It is unfortunate that government authorities have yet to acknowledge the critical role of clients in the enduring phenomenon of enslaving others in prostitution.

It is time for Israel society to raise the curtain on those who purchase prostitution, to bring to attention their responsibility in perpetrating the systematized violent exploitation of thousands of people, the majority girls and women. We must call out the client, who, together with pimps and traffickers, sustains the vicious cycle of prostitution.

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16 Jun

BUSINESS LICENSE REVOKED FOR LARGE STRIP CLUB FOLLOWING PROSTITUTION ALLEGATIONS

The Tel Aviv Municipality revoked the business license of the well-known Pussycat strip club in late April following prostitution allegations and an NGO is planning to oppose efforts to renew their license.

The revocation follows a petition filed by the Task Force on Human Trafficking (TFHT) in the Tel Aviv District Court in December and police findings that sex services were provided in private rooms in the club.

 

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Click here to read the article on the Jerusalem Post website.

08 Jun

Closing the Pussycat Club for Good

In Israel operating a strip club is legal; running a brothel is not.
At the end of 2016, TFHT filed an administrative appeal against the Tel-Aviv Municipality, the city’s mayor, and the Israel Police asking the court to revoke the license of the Pussycat Club, and shut it down on strong suspicion that it was operating as a brothel.

One of Israel’s largest strip clubs, The Pussycat Club, located in Atarim Square, the heart of Tel-Aviv’s hotel tourist industry, is a gateway into the world of prostitution. TPC recruits young women from throughout Israel as strippers; many are then prostituted in the club’s “private” rooms. While other strip clubs, including those in Ramat Gan and Haifa, have been shut down owing to illegal activity, TPC has continued to operate in the open.

Owing to TFHT’s administrative appeal, the Israel Police and Tel-Aviv Municipality could no longer turn a blind eye. In a major development, the latter recently announced TPC’s license had been revoked, and the club’s owners’ request to renew it denied. TPC’s owners have since declared their intention to file another request.  The matter is currently pending.

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20 May

Writing to MKs to support criminalization of prostitution

The summer parliamentary season of The Knesset has begun and so has our work promoting The Criminal Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment Bill. The Bill, submitted by MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli (Habayit Hayehudi) and MK Zehava Galon (Meretz), was written by TFHT and is formally supported by 40 MKs. It will soon be brought to the Ministerial Committee and we are doing everything within our power to gain the Committee’s support, thus increasing the probability if its passage by the Knesset.

Please see below the 61 MKs that have answered positively and/or signed on to bills fighting prostitution by incriminating its clients:

Write to other MKs to join and support as well!

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05 May

The next step to eliminate prostitution in Israel

The summer session of The Knesset begins next week after Israel Independence Day. This session is crucial, for TFHT’s Criminal Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment Bill, together with three other TFHT authored bills regarding criminalization of Johns and rehabilitation for Prostituted People, will be considered by the Ministers Committee. This is the first step in bringing the legislation to the Knesset floor.

This discussion will be appreciably influenced by the conclusions of the Inter-Ministerial team, established by the Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, which examined adopting the “Nordic Model” in Israel.

The team was constituted of representatives of various government offices who have extensively researched and studied the dynamics of trafficking and prostitution in Israel. They have explored various existing legislative models and examined the possibility of implementing a policy of prohibition of consumption of prostitution services in Israel.

On March 14, 2017, the Knesset Sub-Committee dedicated to the fight against human trafficking and prostitution met with Minister of Justice Shaked, who stated their conclusions would be published in May, 2017. We are anxiously await the publication of those conclusions.

This week, we ask you request the Minister of Justice publish the Inter-Ministerial team’s conclusions and actively support the prohibition of prostitution services in Israel.

We urge Minister Shaked to delay no longer, for prostitution abuses its victims every day. We call upon Minister Shaked to free 12,500 people in Israel from the anguish of prostitution, with the hope she will help bring their misery to an end and create a better society in Israel.

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18 Mar

Significant advance in the struggle to eliminate Prostitution and Trafficking in Israel

Last week, TFHT’s Criminal Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment Bill was submitted by MK Shuli Mualem-Refaeli (HaBayit HaYehudi) and MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) to the Knesset. The bill has already garnered the support of 40 coalition and opposition MKs. This is an encouraging and crucial step forward in our campaign to eliminate prostitution and rehabilitate its victims in Israel.

 

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07 Mar

Standing with the victims of prostitution on International Women’s Day

March 8th, we will celebrate International Women’s Day. The day will also be marked in the Knesset plenum and at the sittings of committees considering legislation affecting women’s status. Among those bills is one authored by TFHT addressing prostitution, a degrading social phenomenon assaulting many walks of Israeli life.

This week we asked Project 119 to email the Minister of Social Equality, Gila Gamliel, to bring to her attention the state of prostituted women and call upon her to support the Nordic Model bill.

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