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.
The Bill consists of two parts:
1. Prohibition of consumption of prostitution and sexual services – purchasing sexual services will be punishable by imprisonment, or alternative financial penalty. First offense penalties can be replaced by attendance at a prevention (“johns” school) course.
2. Protection and support for victims of prostitution – as part of the rehabilitation process, the bill provides housing, training, health, welfare and legal assistance for victims of prostitution.
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TFHT, author and prime lobbyist for the bill, congratulates all involved in achieving this advance.
The bill must now be handed to the legal department for authorization and secure the approval of the Ministerial Committee. TFHT is working assiduously to bring about that Committee vote, and move the legislation to a vote in the Knesset.
This week, we asked Project 119 Volunteers and Participants to sign and share our Public Petition supporting the Bill:
Sign our public petition in support of the bill and send it to others. We will forward the petition to all MKs urging criminalization of purchasing sexual services in Israel and rehabilitation of prostituted persons!
The greater the effort today, the better the chances the legislation will be supported in the Ministerial Committee and on the Knesset floor.