On the website NEWSru.co.il completed the survey on «attitudes towards prostitution and the law on the punishment of clients of prostitutes», dedicated to the discussion of another initiative of the Ministry of social security. A similar debate has received wide attention in Israel, in February 2012, but the law has not been adopted.
In the survey, which was conducted over one day, June 6-7, participated 2.027 respondents (1.698 of them answered all 19 questions). The approximate ratio of men and women among respondents was 4:1. The average age of respondents is 52 years.
THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY
The survey showed that over the past five years the position of our readers in relation to this issue, basically, has not changed: most of them continue to advocate the legalization of prostitution in Israel and do not support the initiative on the punishment of clients of prostitutes.
Only 16% of respondents believed that prostitution was a serious problem for Israel. This opinion is shared by 38% of women and 12% of men who took part in the survey. Only 20% stated that prostitution can be equated to the slave trade. (For five and a half years, decreased the number of readers, mostly men, who consider prostitution a serious problem for Israel.)
76,5% do not believe that prostitution should be fought. The young respondents more often than older, talking about the need to combat prostitution.
A bill providing for the introduction of criminal penalties for clients of prostitutes, supported by 14% of our readers (slightly more than in 2012): 35% of women and 9% of men responded.
To the question «Should we legalize prostitution and collect taxes from brothels like any other business?» affirmative answer 80% of the respondents. For the legalization of prostitution in Israel was made by 68% of women and 88% of men who took part in the survey. (For this indicator, differences from the 2012 survey is negligible.)
25% admitted that they had used the services of prostitutes: 32% of men and 3% women.
28% of respondents believe that Israel should expel foreign prostitutes. 53% say that this should not be done.
Only 10% of the respondents agree with those who equate strip bars to brothels and require their closure: 26% of women and 7% of men.
The question was asked «What kind of punishment should be set for those who «trades people» in Israel?» Other often heard such answer choices: 1) prison sentences of more than 5 years – 41%, 2) deprivation of the right to business activity – 31%, 3) a monetary penalty of 30%. 15% said that «traffickers» in General should not be punished.
82% believe that clients of prostitutes in any way should not be punished. 55% think that the introduction of criminal penalties for clients of prostitutes will lead to an increase in the number of rapes (five years ago I thought so 70% of the respondents). And only 18% believe that this measure will lead to a noticeable reduction of «trafficking» in Israel.
74% believe that one should not punish the prostitutes themselves. 36% of respondents sochuvstvuyu these women.
According to our readers, the most appropriate measures to combat prostitution are: 1) the legalization of prostitution as a business (58%), 2) arrests of pimps and traffickers (46%), 3) criminal punishment of pimps and traffickers (46%), 4) the employment of prostitutes (42%), 5) promoting outreach activities in schools (36%).
The same measures were identified and the most effective: 1) the legalization of prostitution as a business (51%), 2) criminal punishment of pimps and traffickers (41%), 3) arrests of pimps and traffickers (40%), 4) the employment of prostitutes (36%), 5) conducting outreach sessions in schools (28%). Differences from answers 2012 minor.
57% of respondents believe prostitution business, 39% are «inevitable», 37% – «way to survive» and 20% «fun», 7% – «a crime».
Rehabilitation of the prostitutes in Israel, according to our readers, needs to engage civil society organizations (39%) and the state of Israel (38,5%).
53% of voters believe that the Knesset will not support the bill on criminal prosecution of clients of prostitutes (five years ago this was the opinion of 41% of respondents). Only 14% believe that the law will pass in the Knesset (in 2012 there were more than 25%).
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