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They even earn extra cash ‘servicing’ Arab clients in kinky massage parlors.

An edited abridgement of an article in the Jerusalem Post, containing additional commentary by Lasha Darkmoon and an extended footnote called “Sex Slavery in Israel”. 


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“The situation is enough to make you cry in despair, or vomit from shame.” — Jewish author David Weinberg in an article called Not So Holy Land, quoted below.

They say she was 20 years old and was in the country for 15 years.

This 40-year-old prostitute had worked for a year and two months at a brothel in Tel Aviv, not far from where another prostitute had committed suicide. On condition that we not reveal where she works, Jenny ( not her real name) agreed to sit down and discuss Israel’s sex industry with us.

“Some days I only have two customers, others as many as 10,” Jenny reveals.

Along with four other women, all in their mid-30s to early 40s, Jenny  works from 10am to 7pm a 9-hour day. (Sometimes from 11am to 8 pm).  The women watch Russian-language TV and smoke cigarettes on a small patio.

Another woman works the phones, providing details to the johns: “NIS 200 (US$57) for half an hour, erotic massage, shared shower.” She advertises the prostitutes’ supposed attributes: “Young girl, hard but large breasts.”

(NIS = New Israeli shekel. 1 NIS = 28 US cents. Further references to shekels in this article have been converted into US dollars in brackets for the reader’s convenience. — LD)

Which girl that refers to is not clear, since none of them match the glowing description.

According to estimates, some 15,000 women are involved in sex work in the Jewish state. A recent report found that 1,000 girls under the age of 18 are involved in some form of prostitution here. Underage boys and transgender teens are also involved.

Human trafficking has been common, with several thousand women being smuggled in from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s.

LD: Israeli pimps can buy women and girls from Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries for relatively small sums: for as little as $25 in the 1990s. An official report reads: “Women and children are taken from Russia mostly for prostitution. Their number is estimated at 30,000-60,000 a year. According to the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, over the past two decades, over 500,000 women were sold from Russia to other countries.” See You Can Buy Women and Girls as Slaves for as Little as $25. [LD]

They [the brothel owners] concentrate on neighborhoods such as 1 Finn Street, a “notorious drug and prostitution den,” which was recently torn down next to the central bus station. We hear stories about the Hasan Arfa area near Yitzhak Sadeh Street, a warren of tin shacks and garages supposedly overrun by drug users and sex workers.

Right now, there are reportedly 300 brothels in Tel Aviv.

Rebecca Hughes of social action organization Atzum’s Task Force on Human Trafficking writes, “There is a dangerous gap between the glamorous depiction of prostitution in pop culture and the reality that prostituted women, many of them minors, are forced to contend with on a daily basis. Most women do not choose to be prostitutes.”

The brothels operate openly, advertising their services on the street; young men are paid to scatter business-sized cards on sidewalks throughout the city. These vividly colored cards usually include pornographic photos of the women and advertise the services they are willing to offer. Some of the girls offer to visit customers in motels, or even at home. Just give them a phone call and they will be there.

Other women claim to offer “all varieties of massage, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”

Some even specify “NO SEX!”

LD: What kinky perversions and fetish fantasies must they be offering if NORMAL SEX is not on the menu? The mind boggles. A little investigation reveals that virtually every form of sex on offer in these Israeli brothels is a dreary variation of the solitary vice. As one of the prostitutes quoted below points out: “Most [of my clients] just want a nude massage and to ‘finish’ on me.”

Masturbation, according to Freud, is “the primal habit”. This the Jews know and promote masturbation on an epic scale throughout the world, which is why it is well known that Jews are the main force behind  the $100 billion a year porn industry. [LD]    

Brothels and massage parlors are located everywhere in Tel Aviv. There is not a neighborhood that doesn’t have them. For NIS 350 ($100) you can have a “tantric massage” from 10pm to midnight. Elsewhere, in “the nicest place in Tel Aviv near the sea,” you can enjoy a “spoiling massage” at the hands of “four young, beautiful women.”

In all, there are 44 massage parlors within 10 kilometers of  the beach. They offer every type of woman. A “full-nude body massage”, lasting 30 minutes, costs NIS 200 ($57). The age of the masseuses usually range from about 21 to 34. Most places had similar hours: open from 10am to 6pm with three to five women, then from 6pm to 4am with a new shift.

Outside 98 Hayarkon Street, an ugly, dilapidated building in an area undergoing gentrification, signs had been pasted to the sidewalk protesting that women worked 12-hour days and serviced 20 to 30 men a day. They were left over from the Saturday-night demonstration, outside the building where a woman named “Jessica” had committed suicide. “A house of prostitution is a rape center” some signs said, while others proclaimed more starkly “Prostitution = Rape.”

Laws in Israel, which seem to be rarely enforced, have criminalized solicitation of prostitution – but being a customer is not a crime.

The protesters alleged that women were forced into prostitution, that brothel security guards had supplied them with drugs. In other reports, heroin addiction was given as a reason for women entering prostitution, or staying in it. In 2011, then-MK Orit Zuaretz tried to introduce a bill to make it illegal for men to be clients of sex services. “If you buy a blood diamond, it is criminal; if you buy the body of a woman, it should be criminal, too. I don’t understand why this is tolerated by the public in a Jewish state,” the Kadima MK told the press at the time.

The legislation, which never passed, led to a strange incident in Ashdod, in which a 56-year-old man turned himself in to police to protest the issue, claiming he often frequented brothels.

THIS YEAR, a woman who allegedly made NIS 47 million ($13.5 million) from running Tel Aviv brothels was arrested. According to sources familiar with the story, she had managed a brothel on Ben-Yehuda Street that is now a hotel, which was open seven days a week and charged NIS 270 ($77) for sex. Police charges against this madam ran the gamut from pimping to creating a public nuisance and money-laundering.

If police really wanted to close these “houses of shame,” as they are called in Hebrew, they could easily do so. A quick  perusal of the free Banana magazine that advertises sex services—or simply picking up all the business cards scattered all over the sidewalks (see picture)—would make it easier to crack down on the pimps and procuresses.

Jenny says she has never seen a policeman bother her place of business. A mother of an eight-year-old, Jenny lived in a central Israeli town before moving to Tel Aviv. She was born in Donetsk, Ukraine, and came to Israel more than a decade ago. Prostitution became a relatively convenient way to make money. With NIS 200 for a “massage,” she takes home half of this sum (about $23).

She describes her daily routine. She doesn’t use drugs or drink on the job. “Some of the men are nice, others are not. Some want me to be like an acrobat. It can be difficult. But most just want a nude massage and to ‘finish’ on me.”

Those who want “extras” pay more in tips. “I split the initial NIS 200 ($57) with the boss, but the tips I pocket myself. Why would I tell them about that?” It seems the story is a kind of wink-wink-nod-nod, with the “boss” who isn’t on the premises, and the madam who works the phones and knows the girls engage in oral or actual sex, though that’s not on the menu of offerings.

“Extras, you should talk to the girl,” the woman explains over the phone. “Massage, we offer massage,” she says, but has to clarify. Men who pay for sex are expected to bring their own condoms, and the women dispose of the condoms after each act. “We don’t keep them on the premises,” she explains. “That way, if police come, it looks like a massage parlor.”

Rooms are decorated with ugly wallpaper and air-conditioning units. A small personal shower is in one corner, with a chair, a place for the john to hang his clothes and a massage table. Towels are stacked in another corner and there are candles, oil and a clock.

A young woman in her 20s from Beersheba, originally from Ukraine, says she began her career in prostitution while in the IDF. She did her soldiering during the week and worked as a weekend prostitute.


LD: Many of these Jewish girls work as part-time prostitutes, masturbating Arab clients in massage parlors during the evening shift or at weekends. As many as 500 Israeli soldiers  were recently reported to have been caught up in this network of vice. See “Israeli soldiers caught in prostitution cycle over economic woes.” . . .  See also “Economic Woes turn Israeli Soldiers into Prostitutes.” [LD] 

Not all the girls were Russians, though most were. A phone survey indicates that about 20 percent are Sabras (Israeli-born Jews). The rest are described as “Europeans,” a euphemism for the former Soviet Union. About 10 percent of the girls are black Africans. They mostly come from Ethiopia, but are described for some reason as “Brazilian.”

One of the prostitutes is an Arab. From Haifa. “I work from noon to 4am,” she reveals. “Which isn’t normal, but it’s only once a week.” She says she can make as much as NIS 1,600 for her 16-hour shift ($457)

Another woman was more negative about the situation:

“This is a crap country. The men are crap; they don’t treat you like a person, they just want the service and to leave. I hate working here, but I have huge bills, I can’t afford my apartment or my cellphone, and I am helping my brother and father pay for things.”

If these women were all addicted to heroin being forced on them by thugs guarding the door, it was not evident. The premises we visited had no men in them at all. Despite the stories claiming that most of the customers were Arab or haredi (Orthodox Jews), the customers were generally Israeli Jewish men in their 30s and 40s. None of them were religious.

At one all-Russian massage parlor in south Tel Aviv near the beach, however, most of the customers appeared to be Arab men who had just gotten off work, with a few tourists poking their heads in.