Trafficking in women: Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of operating a network to employ prostitutes

For the first time since the law criminalizing the needs of prostitution in Israel came into force, a prostitution consumer was fined NIS 2,000 after he was caught yesterday (Tuesday) consuming prostitution in Hadera. The consumer, 25, from Jisr a-Zarqa, was apprehended by police while on the scene. In addition, two women aged 31 and 53 were detained for questioning and thousands of shekels suspected of redemption from prostitution were seized on the spot.

In addition, it was made public that at the end of an undercover investigation, ten suspects were arrested last night (Tuesday-Wednesday) for involvement in a trafficking network for women and their employment in prostitution. The investigation, which has been conducted over the past year, focused on a number of suspects who allegedly operated an orderly and understandable method, a network that brought women to Israel from Eastern Europe for their employment in prostitution, along with money laundering.

The money seized during the raid on the trafficking network for women (Photo: screenshot, police spokeswoman)

As part of the investigation, the suspect revealed that it is an active and organized network, with each person defined role and area of ​​responsibility, from the recruitment stage where they take care of bringing dozens of girls from abroad, through professional online advertising of escort services and then managing a telephone system to coordinate sex services. , Operation of a system of drivers to transport the women “to the customer’s home” and supervise them, collecting the money and laundering it through bank accounts registered as legitimate businesses.

In addition to the central unit in the Tel Aviv district, the Tax and Social Security Authority, as well as the district attorney’s office were involved in the investigation. The detainees in the case will be investigated in addition to the suspicion of trafficking in women, also on suspicion of committing money laundering offenses amounting to millions of shekels and other tax offenses. As stated, with the transfer of the covert investigation last night to the open stage, the Tel Aviv police station arrested ten suspects and in accordance with the needs of the investigation and its findings, they will be brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court today to discuss extending their detention.

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