Israel to Criminalize Prostitutes’ Clients

by Admin on September 9, 2016

Israel looks for pointers from Europe’s ‘Nordic model’ in its anti-prostitution battle

Following the footsteps of countries like Sweden, Norway and Iceland, Israeli female legislators, Zehava Galon (Meretz) and Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Habayit Hayehudi), have sponsored a bill that criminalizes prostitutes’ clients.

According to HAARETZ Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has set up an inter-ministerial panel to discuss the possibility of making the use of prostitutes a criminal offense. The suggested punishment is a 200$ fine and attendance at a workshop that talks about the hardships of those driven to prostitution.

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Prostitution is legal in Israel while pimping, sex trafficking and running of brothels is not.  The same applies to most European countries. However, in most Asian and African countries, prostitution is illegal. In countries like Thailand where the economy is largely driven by sex tourism, prostitution is illegal but widely tolerated and regulated. There is a trend in Western nations to criminalize the act of purchasing a prostitute’s services rather than arresting the prostitutes.

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