Government inaction, lack of data stymie efforts to combat teen prostitution in Israel
Dealing with the issue has effectively been subcontracted to non-profits. But hope for change lies in the new minister of social affairs, Meir Cohen.
The dimensions of the failure become clear a few minutes into a conversation with Asaf Rejwan, until recently director of the Erim Balayla (Awake at Night) program to help youth involved in prostitution sponsored by ELEM, a non-profit organization for youth in distress. It begins with the government’s deliberate decision to waive its responsibility for the problem and to transfer it to a private...
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