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Three Jaffa brothers were indicted yesterday on charges that they attacked, kidnapped and imprisoned their younger brother, who is undergoing sex reassignment surgery, in order to preserve the family's honor. The indictment charges that on the night of June 22 the three brothers, aged between 34 and 38, found their 19-year-old brother working as a prostitute in south Tel Aviv's old central bus station area and forced him into their car. One of them allegedly tried to tie a rope around his neck but stopped after he pleaded for his life.

The three brothers, all of whom have criminal records related to drugs and violent offenses, allegedly took their brother to their parents' home in Jaffa and confined him there for three days. They reportedly stole his wigs, clothes and cell phone and threatened to kill him if he did not change his lifestyle.

The indictment further alleges that the brothers used a bed to block the door to the teenager's room and attached his legs to the bed using metal chains. The brothers and their parents apparently took measures to make sure that the youth did not escape and threatened to kill him if he did.

The 19-year-old eventually managed to escape by cutting the chains with pliers and jumping out a window.

Police said the brothers told them the youth had agreed to go with them to their family's house and denied that they had tied him up. However, they refused to further cooperate with police after their parents confirmed that their son had been restrained with metal chains.

The brothers face multiple kidnapping charges, as well as charges of false imprisonment, making threats and theft. According to the indictment, the brothers have previously beaten their younger sibling unconscious using a metal rod.