Seven Arrested in Israel on Suspicion of Pimping 25 Teenage Girls

Men and teenager allegedly paid girls for various sexual acts including sado-masochism.

Yaniv Kubovich
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Six men and one teenage boy were arrested Wednesday on suspicions of pimping and having sex with 25 teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 17. The 17-year-old boy in the case is suspected of bringing the girls together with the other suspects.

The Tel Aviv Police opened an investigation into the case a few weeks ago after a teenage girl who was questioned in connection with the case of famous singer Eyal Golan told them she used to perform sexual acts with adult men for gifts and money. Golan was cleared from underage sex charges in January, after the four girls who accused him admitted under questioning that they had lied.

The girl, who as it turned out was not associated with the Eyal Golan affair, led police to a number of girls aged 14-17 who were involved in performing sexual acts with men.

The girls told the police they used to carry out the men’s sexual demands, which consisted of various sexual acts, including sado-masochism, as well as acts intended to humiliate the men. In exchange they received money for travel, cheap gifts and in one case, 800 shekels.

Police raided the homes of the seven suspects on Wednesday morning and arrested the six adults, all aged between 25 and 45, and a minor, who is 17 years old. The men are suspected of forcing a person to engage in prostitution, of performing an obscene act in a public place and of using the minor as their pimp.

The suspects will be brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Thursday for a remand hearing.

Last week, police in Tel Aviv arrested 9 youths aged 13-19 for questioning on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old girl multiple times over the course of several months.

The youths, who attended the same school as the girl, allegedly used to meet her in various places to have sexual intercourse and commit obscene acts. Additional arrests may take place in the next few days, a police source said.

“My son is the same age as the girl,” the parent of one of the teenage suspects told Haaretz outside the police station. “The way I understand it, nothing was done by force. [He received] text messages from her saying she was angry he didn’t reply,” he said.

“These are frivolous acts of innocent children, they were not intended to harm the girl,” he said.

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