Police fail to enforce Prostitution Law

 Police do not enforce Prostitution Law

A year and a half ago, the Knesset passed a law banning prostitution. However, today anyone can find a site offering prostitution services. And, although no special cyber department is needed to shut down such a site, the police prefer to pretend that nothing is happening, and in the case when they are blamed for this, they say: “Internet activity is not covered by the Law.” This industry is especially free in Jerusalem and in the south of the country, where fines are not even imposed.

Today prostitution sites are disguised as massage parlors, “small apartments”, although some don't even disguise themselves.

And the problem is that these pages are no less accessible to children.

Over the past year, the police closed only three such sites, according to the headquarters for the fight against prostitution. The HQ said that prostitution sites include, but are not limited to, posting photos of women, descriptions of sexual encounters in violent and egregious terms, and statements encouraging sexual violence beyond the desire of women.

In addition to the issue of law enforcement, regarding the new law does not address at all some of the areas that allow trafficking in women to flourish, such as camera-assisted prostitution and the use of prostitution advertising apps. applications such as Telegram.

Meanwhile, the police said: The Law on Prohibition of Prostitution prohibits the consumption of the act of prostitution, which is the presence of sexual contact. Therefore, Internet activities are not legally required in the absence of such contact with the Internet or applications. The subject matter of websites advertising prostitution services is known to the Israeli police. We are exploring various ways on various platforms to reduce this phenomenon, and we will continue to work resolutely to eradicate this phenomenon”.

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