The police arrested five people on Monday suspected of running a prostitution ring via Facebook, involving dozens of women and minors.
The police say the ring operated for years and “shamefully exploited young women, often while exploiting their personal distress, some of whom were minors.” The investigation has been going on for a number of months, the police said.
The suspects allegedly made large profits from the work of dozens of young women as strippers, who also provided sexual services. The ring operated throughout Israel, and in particular, in Tel Aviv. Police raided the suspects’ homes and they were being brought to court on Tuesday to extend their remands.
The main suspect is accused of being in charge, pimping minors and exploiting them for profit. He allegedly offered the services of strippers for parties through Facebook and after an order was made, he offered sex services, too, for an additional cost. The other four people suspects are accused of aiding him, by transporting the women to and from events.
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The police said they “employ a wide range of means and are investing great efforts to eradicate the serious crimes of pimping and the severe exploitation of minors, men and women, for purposes of prostitution.”
Nitzan Kahana, lawyer and director of the Task Force on Human Trafficking and Prostitution, said: “The Israel Police are telling the minors and young women who are exploited, pimped ... that those who harm them will pay the price.”
“Once again we have received a clear picture that stripping is an inseparable part of the chain of exploitation. We congratulate [the police] on the operation and expect many others in the near future. All that is left is to hope that the criminals will be brought to justice as soon as possible and punished severely,” Kahana said.