2004-12-09 16:26:06 UTC
By: Merav David
Anyone looking for more evidence that human trafficking and brothels
are a booming business in Israel will find it in a new study issued by the
Human Rights Center at the Hebrew University. The study shows that at least
one million visits are made to Israeli brothels every month.
This is the number of visits, not the number of customers. According
to the study, some consumers in the sex industry are regular customers who
buy sex more than once a month. The study, to be presented to the Knesset's
human trafficking fact-finding committee today, shows that customers in the
sex industry are of various ages and social classes.
Today in Israel there are about 3,000 victims of human trafficking who
are employed in the sex industry. The women work 30 days a month and receive
at least ten customers a day.
Legislation in Israel only deals with brokers in the sex industry, not
with its direct partners: women who work in prostitution and their clients.
Customers must be in the spotlight of any public debate, says Naomi
Levenkron, the human trafficking officer in the Human Rights Center. The
nice man who comes to have sex for half an hour then leaves is considered of
significance. He bears no criminal or other responsibility, even though if
there were no demand, there would be no supply. Legally, customers can be
charged with rape. In drug crimes and intellectual property rights, the
police arrest small consumers. Why don't they do the same thing in this