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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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 In a major development, the latter recently announced TPC’s license had been revoked, and the club’s owners’ request to renew it denied.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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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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17 Apr

THFT Director Michal Leibel in the Knesset

Michal_Leibel_pic-237x300Every day, THFT Director Michal Leibel can be found in the halls of the Knesset and offices of government ministers and MKs in an effort to secure cross-party support of TFHT authored Nordic Model legislation. Last August, she added one more task to her already busy agenda.

For four months Michal made a weekly four-hour round-trip bus ride between Jerusalem and Haifa to facilitate an unusual discussion group in collaboration with Ofek Nashi (Women’s Horizons), a program that provides support and shelter for women who have left, or are in the process of escaping prostitution. An initiative of the Municipality of Haifa and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Ofek Nashi seeks to rebuild the lives of women who, as a result of being prostituted, have suffered substance abuse; mental, sexual, and physical violence; and family, health and legal problems. Over the course of one year, participants receive individual counseling, take part in group therapy, undergo job training, and meet women leaders in an effort to prepare themselves for independent life off the streets.

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