This study explores the recent neo-abolitionist legislation of the Israeli sex industry by illustrating the competing claims of various stakeholders: those leading the legal change and those protesting it. The main question is how Israeli sex workers perceive the public debate over governing the Israeli sex industry. This study combines qualitative methods that include ethnographic observations and interviews. The ethnographic observations were carried out between November and October in gatherings, protests, and academic conferences where sex workers were the lead speakers. In addition, 16 in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with sex workers across various indoor sectors, and four interviews were conducted with political figures to learn about their efforts to adopt neo-abolitionist legislation.
One-third of Israeli Men Have Paid for Sexual Services at Least Once, Survey Finds
Israel, where prostitution is legal, debates criminalising the men who pay for sex
Nearly one in three Israeli men have paid for sexual services at least once, while one out of six men have done so more than once, according to a survey conducted by Tel Aviv University. The online survey, conducted in January, polled some 2, Jewish men and women. Most of the respondents did not express an unequivocal stance regarding the ban on hiring sex workers, which became law on Friday , making soliciting or patronizing prostitutes a criminal offense. The majority of those polled, however, said that the law would not reduce the consumption of prostitution and will harm sex workers. The study was led by Dr.
Who Takes Part in the Political Game? The Sex Work Governance Debate in Israel
Prostitution in Israel is legal, but the purchase of sex and organised prostitution in the form of brothels and pimping are prohibited. This legislation makes Israel the tenth country to adopt the " Nordic model ". The main centre of prostitution in Israel is Tel Aviv.