JIJ has been a key player in promoting a legislative model based on Swedish legislation in the Israeli Knesset. The proposed law will prohibit the purchase of sexual services, placing legal responsibility on the buyer and not on the people enslaved in the industry. This bill also creates the social infrastructure that will support those individuals looking to escape their torment.
The criminalization of the purchase of sex services is key in diminishing this industry and liberating its victims. This is due to several compelling reasons. First, criminalization in other countries have proven to be more effective in curbing demand for prostitution, while administrative penalties, that is to issue fines, have proven to be less effective. Second, Israel is a strong democratic country that upholds the rule of law. This means that citizens are more likely to be deterred if a certain act is criminalized, as they will be held accountable. Third, the shame and social stigma of a criminal offence is a powerful deterrent. Fourth, the guilt and recklessness of purchasers of sex services is serious and warrants criminal punishment. Finally, criminalizing the purchase of sex services is crucial in demolishing the sex trafficking epidemic.
We are continuing our efforts to see the law fully approved and implemented under the current government.