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State of Israel

Israel has a technologically advanced market economy with substantial, though diminishing, government participation. It depends on imports of crude oil, grains, raw materials, and military equipment. Despite limited natural resources, Israel has intensively developed its agricultural and industrial sectors over the past 20 years. Israel imports substantial quantities of grain but is largely self-sufficient in other agricultural products. Cut diamonds, high-technology equipment, and agricultural products (fruits and vegetables) are the leading exports.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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Panel Hears Grim Details On Child Prostitution In Israel

Zvi Zrahiya & Haaretz Correspondent, Haaretz, 09.02.2004

[accessed 2 June  2011]

Over 1,000 minors around the country are involved in prostitution, with their parent's encouragement, the Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee heard Monday. Dorit Brightman of the ELEM Youth in Distress non-profit organization told the committee that many of the minors are forced into prostitution because of the dire economic situation, and some have even died as a result.


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Runaways - Where To Turn For Help Before You Are Homeless

Rebeccas Community -- This is for anyone aged up to 13 years old who is thinking about running away

[accessed 1 June 2011]

Here are the best phone numbers to call …They are Confidential - which means they won't tell anyone about your call unless you want them to talk to somebody for you, or you are in danger.  They are open 24 Hours - it doesn't matter what time you call  In Israel, call 1-800-65-4111

ECPAT Country Monitoring Report [PDF]

ECPAT International, 2016

[accessed 31 August 2020]

Desk review of existing information on the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in Israel. The report looks at protection mechanisms, responses, preventive measures, child and youth participation in fighting SEC, and makes recommendations for action against SEC.

Human Rights Reports » 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 10, 2020

[accessed 31 August 2020]

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The law prohibits sexual exploitation of a minor and sets a penalty of seven to 20 years in prison for violators, depending on the circumstances. The law prohibits the possession of child pornography (by downloading) and accessing such material (by streaming). Authorities enforced the law. The Ministry of Public Security operated a hotline to receive complaints of activities that seek to harm children online, such as bullying, dissemination of hurtful materials, extortion, sexual abuse, and pressure to commit suicide.

The minimum age for consensual sex is 16. Consensual sexual relations with a minor between the ages of 14 and 16 constitute statutory rape punishable by five years’ imprisonment.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 4 October 2002

[accessed 28 February 2011]

[60] The Committee notes the establishment of an inter-ministerial and inter-organizational committee to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of minors, its activities, and the involvement of non-governmental organizations in this area. However, the Committee is concerned that these and other efforts have so far had a limited impact.

Suspect in Tel Aviv pedophile case ran child prostitution ring

Yuval Goren, Haaretz, 27.01.2009

[accessed 2 June  2011]

Police said Monday that the main suspect used to stalk children and youths near clubs in Tel Aviv, such as the TLV club at the Tel Aviv Port. When he detected youths with sexual-identity issues he, "took them under his wing" and turned them into prostitutes, a police source said, on the basis of gathered testimonies.   He pimped the youths to pedophiles for NIS 200 at a time, the source said.   The police Monday confronted the Internet executive and the principle victim in the case, who turned 17 Tuesday. Another minor, 14, told the detectives that the executive had been sexually abusing him since he was 12 years old.

10% percent of Israeli prostitutes are minors

Ruth Eglash, The Jerusalem Post, 07/23/2008

[accessed 2 June  2011]

The age of those being forced into the sex industry is rapidly falling, with more than 1,000 out of the estimated 10,000 prostitutes in Israel being minors, according to statistics collected this year by counter-trafficking non-governmental organization, the Task Force on Human Trafficking (TFHT).

These figures, which are based on the findings of numerous non-governmental and official sources, were presented Wednesday at a special session of the Knesset Sub-Committee on Human Trafficking - headed by Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On - focusing on a new Education Ministry initiative aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of the sex industry in general and human trafficking in particular among school-age children. TFHT's report also noted a new trend of 13 and 14 year olds frequenting prostitutes.

Earlier in the session, the minister had referred to the rise in media reports of children, some as young as 11 or 12, using cellphones to capture graphic sexual incidents on camera and stories of teens pimping out their peers for cash. Tamir said that the goal of the program, which started work six months ago, was to combat such incidents and to provide teachers with the educational tools to raise awareness of right and wrong among teens.

Israeli Project Aids Teens, Young Prostitutes

Brenda Gazzar, Womens enews WeNews, January 6, 2006

[accessed 2 June  2011]

Natalee didn't realize it then, but Fridman directs a therapeutic rehabilitation program for adolescents engaged in prostitution run by the nonprofit organization, Elem Youth in Distress in Israel. Her Tel Aviv-based program, Awake at Night, offers a supportive day center, a hot line, community outreach, medical care and close contact with mentors and professionals for youth and young adults who have sold or are selling sex.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – ISRAEL – The Israeli Association for Social Care, Health and the Solution of Conflict (IASC) has developed a project in which workers are trained to counsel street children, many of whom are involved in prostitution. However, IASC experienced some official administrative as well as financial problems in the implementation of this project.  Another major project has been implemented by the organization ELEM-Youth. In January 2001 the pilot project “They Too Have a Right to Blossom” officially began. In addition to learning about CSEC, which is the primary focus of the program at this point, ELEM has identified children who are currently involved in prostitution, and begun the process of assisting them through referrals to community based youth services for treatment.

Mothers pimping their daughters for food

Gaon Boaz, Maariv, Feb. 29, 2004

[accessed 2 June  2011]

[accessed 10 November 2016]

Down-and-out women come to the Beer Sheva market late at night to scrounge for some pumpkin or marrow. Lacking shekels, they offer an alternative form of payment, their teenage daughters. After providing sexual services in some dark alley, daughters and mothers disappear into the night laden with parcels of produce.

Live & Learn - Rehabilitating Israeli Youth

[accessed 9 May 2012]

40% of Israeli youth live below the poverty line

More than 70,000 Israeli youth are regular drug users.

Israel has seen a 20% increase in drug-related crimes involving minors, as well as an increase in violent incidents in schools.

More than 25% of homeless youth in Israel are female, with many drawn into the sex industry as a means of survival.

5.1 Middle East - State of CSEC/ Attitudes toward CSEC [PDF]

1999-2000 Looking Back, Thinking Forward

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 2 June  2011]

While Israel, Jordan and Lebanon indicate a tacit willingness to address the issue, the majority of the countries in the region have not conducted research and deny the possibility that children are being sexually exploited for commercial purposes.  Open discussions of sex related issues are regarded as a social taboo thus further explaining the lack of research and acknowledgement of CSEC.  While the extent of child prostitution in the Middle East region is unknown, anecdotal evidence indicates that there is a large problem in selected areas of the region.




Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 9 February 2020]

CHILDREN - In February 2004 ELEM, an NGO that assists troubled youth, estimated that more than a thousand women younger than age 18 worked as prostitutes.

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ELEM :Youth in Distress - Israel

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