26 Sep

Shana Tovah from TFHT

There is always something to be thankful for.

Dear Friends of the Task Force on Human Trafficking and Prostitution,

Over the past year, the Task Force took major steps forward in our struggle for a more just and equal society – and the fruit of our efforts is finally showing.

This was a year of societal awakening – for the Knesset and the courts to begin addressing the exploitation, the anguish and injury that occur to those forced to work in prostitution. Tens of news articles were published about the work of the Task Force. On the eve of Rosh HaShana, the public’s commitment to finally putting an end to the destructive cycle of prostitution is stronger than ever!

This was a year in which the proposed Criminal Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment bill passed the Knesset’s preliminary hearing, and the government recognized the need to take responsibility for the 12,040 prostituted women in Israel today.

This was a year which included other significant progress moving us forward, step-by-step:

  • Proposed legislation to cut off phone numbers published on “business cards” advertising sexual services passed its first reading.
  • The bill to restrict access to websites that advertise prostitution was approved by the Knesset and became law.
  • Following a petition submitted by the Task Force, the business license of central Tel-Aviv’s strip club, the “Pussycat”, a front for a brothel, was revoked!
  • The proposed legislation which forbids soliciting for prostitution through advertisements has been brought before the Knesset.

With 74 Knesset members voting support for the Criminal Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment bill, and none opposing; together with the announcement from the Minister of Justice that the bill will be brought forward by the government, this coming year looks like the year for which we have long been waiting for.

May this year be a year of Tikun.
May this be the year in which the State of Israel explicitly says “No” to the consumption of prostitution services.
May this be the year in which the State of Israel establishes a rehabilitation system for women leaving prostitution!
May this be the year in which every prostituted woman knows she is not invisible and has the possibility of another life.

With many thanks and blessings for a Good, Sweet New Year,
The Task Force on Human Trafficking and Prostitution

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17 Sep

Stripping ‘sex entertainment’ down to its bare, ugly bones

(This article is taken from Haaretz website.  Click here to read it fully)

Written by Vered Lee

“The precedent-setting ruling issued Monday by Tel Aviv District Court Judge Michal Agmon Gonen that shut down a strip club in Ramat Gan puts an end to the whitewashing of prostitution and strip clubs, and aims to remove the camouflage and expose the hellish reality that’s existed in the heart of the city’s Diamond Exchange district for over 20 years.”

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13 Aug

Moving Israel to the forefront of women’s rights

(This article is taken from The Time of Israel website. Click Here to read it on the site)

Written by MK Aliza Lavie

Last month saw a historic success in the fight against prostitution in Israel: the Knesset gave unanimous preliminary approval for a bill incriminating the clients of prostitution and providing rehabilitation services to survivors of prostitution. It was a bill I submitted along with colleagues from across party lines in the Knesset, which is intended to ensure Israel joins a united front of advanced countries, who have made clear that the sale of women’s bodies as sexual merchandise is unacceptable and carries devastating consequences for women, men, children, and society as a whole.

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06 Aug

Sex education at Machane Yehuda market

(Click here to read the article on “Times of Israel”)

During the peak lunch hour in the middle of Jerusalem, at the Machane Yehuda shuk today, the arrival of a new food truck caused quite a bit of rukus. Calls to “come get your meat” on a loudspeaker, and girls passing out small sandwich bags, brought about large crowds expecting to get a free taste.

Meet the Meat was a typical looking roadside food truck, with a large kosher sign.  The difference was that rather than selecting your cut of meat from the cow diagram, there was an image of the female body. Each portion of the female body was labeled and numbered. The menu consists of sexually descriptive names of the female anatomy.Continue Reading Sex education at Machane Yehuda market

20 Dec

UN Report – where is Israel’s response to child prostitution?

A recent report by the UN slammed Israel’s response to child prostitution – stating that there is no controlled coordination between agencies of the state to deal with the problem, no clear data and no sufficient prosecution for perpetrators.

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13 Dec

Police Bust Woman Trafficking Ring in Tel Aviv

Times of Israel 29/11/2015

Network smuggled Russian and Ukrainian women into Israel and ran brothels in luxury high-rises, investigators charge

A months-long undercover police investigation has uncovered a women-trafficking and prostitution network in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan. The investigation, reported Sunday by Israel Radio, was conducted under the auspices of the Tel Aviv Police and resulted in the arrest of two men suspected of running the trafficking ring.

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13 Dec

Jessica – the Tragic Suicide in HaYarkon 98

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By Rachelle Tchiprout

“She had to drink and drug herself each night to steel herself in preparation to ‘service’ 20-30 of the brothel’s johns who paid to repeatedly rape her.” – Michal Leibel

On August 13th, 2015, a 36-year old woman hung herself in the brothel where she worked and lived for many years. After 15 years of repeated abuse, she took her life as a way out of the world of prostitution.

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08 Nov

A Letter to a Woman in Prostitution

Written by Ahuva Sheli (pseudonym), a survivor of prostitution

Hi, how are you? I am writing you this letter, hoping you will read it to the end.

Like you, I became trapped in the prostitution cycle five years ago. I had been previously raped, and violent partners took my kids from me.  My children were placed in institutions where they experienced rape attempts, mental and physical abuse, all of which was silenced leading me to rely more heavily on drugs. I understand. Like you I went through hell, met Satan, slept with him and was paid by him. I lived in a world of delusions and heard voices. I was like you. I still choke sometimes – don’t think it’s otherwise.  I did blow jobs to survive, slept with all sorts of men for money, I am neither more nor less than you. Like you I wept at night and I know what it’s like to live without parents, without a family, and having no one to turn to.  Hardly knowing what to do. Thinking of freedom. It is not freedom. It’s a trap!

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08 Nov

Paying the Price

By Rebecca Hughes

At least once a week, someone mistakes me for a prostitute. It started two years ago when I moved to south Tel-Aviv. At first I didn’t understand why cars were pulling up alongside me as I walked home, trailing me for a few moments and then driving away. After a few months I casually mentioned this strange behavior to one of my neighbors.

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