The Commission appointed to discuss the punishment of clients of prostitutes, are unable to take a decision on the question of whether to consider using the services of prostitutes a criminal offence. The theme will be returned for consideration by the Knesset, wrote on Monday, July 10, the newspaper «gaarets».
The publication also reports that next week the Board of Ministers on legislation will discuss a bill proposed by Knesset members of Saavy galon (MERETZ) and Shuli Mualem («Bayt Yehudi») on fines for consumers of the services of prostitutes.
In the coming days, the report of the Commission on the question of the punishment of clients of prostitutes will be transferred to the Minister of justice Ayelet shaked. The report stated that it would be difficult to prove the guilt of the consumer public houses. In addition, it is noted that there is no unequivocal research showing that criminal punishment will help to eradicate the phenomenon of prostitution.
However, the Commission also believes that it is better to impose criminal penalties than administrative. The Commission is convinced that it would be difficult to impose a fine on consumers of the services of prostitutes, and to prove that we are talking about intimate relations for money.
Earlier it was reported that the Ministry of social welfare in favour of the punishment of the visitors of brothels. The experts recommend to «tighten the screws» gradually. In the case of the first arrest, the police may be limited to the educational conversation and a warning or a fine of more than a thousand shekels. When re-arrest is the size of the fine is doubled, and the «repeat offender» may be forced to attend lectures and seminars. The third detention of the Ministry of social Affairs recommends to initiate criminal proceedings. The money collected in fines will be used to rehabilitation program for women previously involved in the sex industry.
According to a study by the Ministry of welfare, in Israel, about 11-12 thousand women and men engaged in prostitution. On average they take five clients a day. Clients pay for their services up to 1.2 billion shekels a year.