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.