Israeli Prostitution Reform Bill
"The Prohibition of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment Bill"
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Exodus Cry and the Jerusalem Institute of Justice are working together to gain traction for an important anti-human trafficking/anti-prostitution bill that will go before the Knesset Ministers in February. Israel has been a hub for sex trafficking because prostitution is legal in the country. It is estimated that there are one million visits to prostitutes in Israel every month, in a country with a population of seven million. Many of these clients "visit" more than once a month.
Where prostitution is legal, human trafficking flourishes. Traffickers will always seek to supply a demand for sex where it exists. As long as those who are willing to buy sex roam free, the demand for sexual exploitation remains. For sex slavery to be fully abolished, the purchase of sex must come to an end. As long as there are buyers willing to pay for sex, there will be sex traffickers willing to enslave.
The Israeli prostitution reform bill follows the Swedish model of legislation which has been extremely successful in stemming both prostitution and human trafficking. Sweden’s progressive legislation criminalizes sex buyers and protects the women victimized by prostitution. Since the initial passing in 1999 and subsequent additions, Sweden’s sex crimes laws have caused a significant decrease in trafficking activity in the country, in fact, Sweden now has the lowest number of trafficking victims in the entire European Union. In addition, Sweden’s legislation has seen prostitution cut by more than 45%, and less than 8% of its active adult male population buys sex compared to 13.6% before the law was enacted.
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We, the undersigned, call on the Knesset Ministers to vote favorably for the "The Prohibition of Prostitution Services and Community Treatment Bill" bill.
We support the criminalization of the purchase of sexual services that follows the Swedish model along with the ban on the purchase of sexual services by law enforcement, both of which are represented in the bill.
We call on the Knesset Ministers to recognize that in order to combat human-trafficking, prostitution must come to an end.
Exodus Cry and the Jerusalem Institute of Justice