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Exporting Israeli Prostitutes

The state’s first convicted female pimp calls herself a pioneer as the Knesset considers outlawing prostitution

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A prostitute in Tel Aviv. (Yogev Amrany)

By World War I, prostitution was an active industry in cities like Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Ramla, with brothels owned by both Arabs and Jews. British soldiers joined a growing client base during the 1930s and 1940s, and Tel Aviv was considered the industry’s capital in the Middle East. After the establishment of the State of Israel, prostitution was not forbidden by law, but anyone caught working as a pimp was subject to prosecution. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989, the industry grew, with the influx of immigrants creating an increase in demand.

Starting in 2000, increased awareness of human trafficking led to the introduction of legislative measures to combat prostitution in Israel. But today, the numbers remain high: Police estimate that there are nearly 10,000 sex workers in Israel. Organizations designed to help those working in this industry put the number closer to 20,000—equal to the population of an Israeli city like Zikron Yaakov. According to those same sources, brothels receive 3 million visits each week.

Israeli police report an increase in instances of Israeli women arrested abroad in the last two years, though police officials won’t give exact numbers. However, once the Prohibiting the Consumption of Prostitution Act passed the first of three necessary rounds of Knesset approval earlier this year, police amplified their attention to the issue. The proposed legislation also received attention from Israeli media outlets as the discussion shifted to focus on customers worried about getting caught paying for sex.

The law is expected to pass after the January election. One of the bill’s sponsors, Member of Knesset Orit Zuaretz, who heads the parliament committee to fight human trafficking, and who will also likely continue her role in the next Knesset, says she has no doubt the law will pass.

Yet even legislators who support the bill admit that its passage will likely result in more sex workers following Gautiller’s lead and leaving Israel to find work. Zuaretz told me she was surprised by the bill’s vehement opposition, particularly from sex workers. “I received multiple threats from women who said that I was taking away their livelihood,” Zuaretz explained. “Some threatened to burn down my house if this bill passed.” But she maintained that the strong reaction was a result of confusion surrounding the nature of the bill: “They didn’t quite understand the bill’s purpose, which wasn’t to deprive prostitutes of income but to provide them with an alternative, to help them find other occupations and apartments and help them break the vicious cycle in which they’re trapped,” she said. “My role as a lawmaker is to refuse to let them come to terms with this reality, to show them that other realities are possible.”

Zuaretz estimated that prostitution has become a billion-dollar-a-year industry in Israel. “We’re not just talking about the money the client pays the prostitute, but the apartment rentals, the cabs, and the hotel rooms,” she explained. “It’s all part of a larger industry that thrives on prostitution and lives off the back of these miserable women. It’s a dangerous situation.”

According to Zuaretz, the bill sparked a notable increase in the number of women calling the various help centers sponsored by the state. Several government ministries have since started providing mental and financial assistance to sex workers, helping them find homes and new jobs. But there are many more women, like Marina, who want to be left alone by the government, arguing that the money is worth it.

Prominent Israeli civil-rights activist Shabi Korzan explained that it’s rare to encounter a sex worker who is not, in some way, used or abused. “It sounds very nice and liberal-minded to paint this as a story of an economic opportunity,” she said, “but it is our obligation as a society to give these women a choice and not to justify the act as the outcome of free will.” She is wary of Marina’s tales of endless financial opportunity. “The problem is that if we believe that all prostitutes are like Marina, we lose our capacity to be outraged by the more common stories of prostitution, and we should absolutely be outraged.”

Surprisingly, Gautiller echoed that very same sentiment when we last spoke. “When I was in Ireland, I felt the most horrible loneliness imaginable,” she told me. “Today I regret getting into this world, because even if everything is good economically, emotionally it’s all screwed up. I shouldn’t have given other women the opportunity to get into it, because you become addicted to it, to all this easy money, and you find some justification,” she admitted. “But it’s an addiction. No girl ever dreams of being a prostitute.”


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The math is fuzzy: If 20,000 Israeli hookers are servicing 3,000,000 johns each week, we’re looking at average production of 150 tricks per week–a remarkable 30 per day (c’mon, a five-day work week). Certainly a feather in the yarmulke for some eye opening over-achieving fortitude.

disqus_qZ6DCvpsy9 says:

I’ve long said that the triumph of the Zionist idea of “Jewish normalcy” and of modern Hebrew is that cops arrest hookers, pimps and johns in Hebrew…judges sentence them in Hebrew…the convicts serve their terms under Hebrew-speaking screws. Hallelujah!

This exposé just underscores how the high-minded war on “human trafficking” has turned into a low-minded war on consensual sex. Exactly like what happened with “child pornography”, which was used as a way to harass and imprison whoever was the object of lurid fantasies (Freeman). Welcome to the slippery slope of morality legislation.

Billiamo says:

Forgive my naivety, but what makes her a pimp and not a madam?

The fact that the country of ‘export’ was Ireland is not without its own consequences since the Irish Republican Army, or those who purport to be the ‘real’ IRA, use prostitution, drugs, weapons and commodities smuggling as part of their fund raising. The fact that Ms. Gautiller would threaten a reluctant woman with death by beating should be reason enough to sentence her for the crimes she has committed. The seizure of travel documents; confinement to restrictive housing; demands for repayment of airfare; and a withholding of relevant details of employment are all classic methodologies used by human traffickers. Whatever her remorse (at getting caught) it is far outweighed by the suffering she has inflicted on her victims while they were abroad.

It’s weird to read this article then jump to the one about saying Kaddish……

Plumbline says:

Leviticus 19:29……..
‘Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry, and the land become full of wickedness……….

………Revelation 21:8………..
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

The word “pimp” is customarily used to refer to a vicious criminal who controls prostitutes who work in the streets. He finds her a territory to patrol, protects her from other pimps and prostitutes, and he “encourages” her by beating her up. The word is more loosely used to refer to prostitutes’ boyfriends. Prostitutes who are dominant in the brothel, manipulating customers and pushing other prostitutes around, very often choose vicious boyfriends who beat the women up and take their money, even though these men are utterly gratuitous and perform no economic function, in contrast to true pimps. Both kinds of pimps can be Lesbian.

A “Madame” is the manager or owner of a brothel. None of her flock works in the street.

Permit me to refer you to my book, Games Prostitutes Play, which has two chapters about the niceties of brothel management. I researched this book by managing and living in a Dutch brothel on and off for several years.

By the way, the picture above shows a prostitute smoking – tobacco is iconic to the prostitute’s image.


The Arabs are great customers as well!

The Sick History of Jewish Prostitution

Feb 10, 2010

The History of Jewish Prostitution

We must address Israeli prostitution as our problem

By Leonard Fein

Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, San Francisco – November 24, 1998 … story.html

It came as a shock: Jewish “women of the night.”

That was all the way back in 1960, glimpsing the streetwalkers as I was driving through Jaffa. Instinctively, I did what just about all Jews who cared for Israel had long since learned to do: I made excuses and developed relatively benign rationales. File under goy k’chol hagoyim, a nation like all others, and just hope that file stays much, much smaller than the or lagoyim — the lamp unto the nations file.

But before I’d had the time to tuck the matter away, a second and untuckable problem tumbled in. If there are Jewish whores, then Jewish pimps cannot be far behind. Jewish pimps? How can such a thing be? For the women they exploit, one can feel sympathy. But for the pimps? Vile, unacceptable. Where in your Zionist files do you lose them?

The answer is, of course, that you don’t. The answer is that life is complicated, and Judaism is not a vaccine. The answer, if you hang around long enough, is Jewish arms merchants and Jewish bank robbers and Jewish wife-beaters and all manner of Jewish miscreants — not, heaven forbid, in greater proportion than the foul of any other people, perhaps even, here and there, in smaller proportion. So why not Jewish pimps, too?

And you live with that answer and learn to handle all the bad stuff along with the decisive good. Your theory of Zion becomes more sophisticated, expansive enough to include Zion’s manifest imperfections.

But then, suddenly, you learn that it’s not garden-variety pimps you’re encountering, petty hustlers out of Israel’s underside. No, suddenly you learn that Israel has become a routine destination for the global trafficking of women, women coerced into prostitution.

The thousand such women brought into Israel annually derive principally from the countries of the former Soviet Union, and the way they get to Israel is that they are “purchased,” each one costing between $10,000 and $20,000. And they are, of course, expected to repay the cost to their masters through what amounts to indentured servitude — or, if you prefer the simpler and more straightforward, slavery.

Most of these women, these slaves, are in their early 20s, but some as young as 15, and even 12, have turned up in Tel Aviv. They are, according to the Haifa Police commander, routinely beaten, tortured, raped and drugged. They are isolated, deprived, threatened, their documents are destroyed. Indeed, they are told that if they are disobedient or seek to contact the police or the courts, their families back home will be punished.

How can such a monstrous crime persist? The answer, one supposes, is the same answer to the question asked about any country that makes room for trafficked women. Each woman earns between $50,000 and $100,000 a year for her pimp; the total turnover of the prostitution trade in Israel comes to some $450 million a year. And some Israeli experts believe that the Israeli police allow the pimps to operate because they make good snitches, they provide the police with information about other and presumably more serious crimes.

Chaim Nachman Bialik, the poet of the Hebrew renaissance, once said that he yearned for the day when there would be in (then) Palestine a Jewish jail, with a Jewish guard on the outside and a Jewish prisoner on the inside. But this? There is such a thing as “too normal.”

The Israel Women’s Network, Rabbis for Human Rights and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel are all “on the case,” and the Supreme Court and Knesset may soon intervene to inhibit the trade. But no one predicts an early and genuinely comprehensive effort to put an end to it.

We are told that we should not wash Israel’s dirty linen in public. But when the dirty linen is hanging out there for all to see, is it not proper that its energetic washing also be visible — along with efforts to prevent the linen’s soiling in the first place? After all, this is not a hawk vs. dove problem, nor an Orthodox vs. everybody else problem. It is about as basic a problem as you can have.

For those who operate in a traditional context, perhaps Purim, with its obvious references to the exploitation of women, will suffice. For all of us, we can now see the underside of globalization. Even if we are less emotionally engaged with the issue of women’s slavery when it plays out in Kuwait or in Germany than when it plays out in Israel, our response to the Israeli manifestation cannot be successful if it is compartmentalized.

And anyway, those other women, the ones who are sold off to countries outside our scope of concern — they, too, are women, girls really, and someone has to stand up for them, too. No?

The writer is founder and former editor of Moment magazine and a Boston-based writer for American Jewish newspapers.



After the Revolution of 1905, the Czar had prudently prepared for further outbreaks by transferring some $400 million in cash to the New York banks, Chase, National City, Guaranty Trust, J.P.Morgan Co., and Hanover Trust. In 1914, these same banks bought the controlling number of shares in the newly organized Federal Reserve Bank of New York, paying for the stock with the Czar’s sequestered funds. In November 1917, Red Guards drove a truck to the Imperial Bank and removed the Romanoff gold and jewels. The gold was later shipped directly to Kuhn, Loeb Co. in New York.– Curse of Canaan


The Irish Republic has a fine, upstanding Jew as their Minister of Justice & he is in control of this situation. There is no comparison between Israel & Ireland, regarding prostitution, so you can relax. Jews are No 1 pimps in the world, as Bertha Pappenheim proved in the 19th century. Google her name & learn the sordid facts.

herbcaen says:

I have an idea. Dump her over the fence to gaza

Marc, you are a bit naive like the girls you call “victims” . Do you really think women who fall for the tale of going to work abroad as masseusses or waitresses or the alike, don’t really know what they will be used for?

Marc, you are a bit naive like the girls you call “victims” . Do you really think women who fall for the tale of going to work abroad as masseusses or waitresses or the alike, don’t really know what they will be used for?

Pretty disgusting to accept we are no longer the Eretz Neederet.

Pretty disgusting to accept we are no longer the Eretz Neederet.

Why give this silly little slut any publicity at all. With prostitution comes all manner of other criminal activity and people like this French woman are in the thick of it. I find the statistics bandied about in this article somewhat difficult to believe – does every male in Israel visit prostitutes at least once a week? I hardly think so but that’s the impression this article leaves.

Destroying the myth that all Israel has for export are high tech products and Tephilin

Dolmance says:

I don’t think I’ve ever met a nice Jewish prostitute. And though I don’t go to prostitutes, I must say, I’m intrigued. Especially if they look like the woman in the picture.

You forgot these:

If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her … and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid: Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate: And the damsel’s father shall say … these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city. … But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die. Deuteronomy 22:13-21

If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city. Deuteronomy 22:23-24

SelenaBlair says:

Young Brazilian model Yasmin Assis drops her Panties.

Ross6622 says:

Unconcerned Kristen Stewart Bedroom Scene Leak.


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