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The sudden closure of the Tel Aviv strip clubs shocked everyone. Even the activists of our anti-prostitution coalition hadn't expected it. On the 10th February in the afternoon, I received a message from Liat Bar Stava feminist journalist and fellow activist. Have you heard anything about it? At no point did I see it coming so quickly. You could say the inscription was on the wall.
For twenty years, a coalition: individual feminists, grassroots groups, and NGOs - has been in the field. Its members and concrete goals have been changing, but the vision remained the same: to eliminate the sex trade. The coalition had started its formation in the late s - early s, when Israel got flooded by sex trafficking, mainly from Eastern European countries.
The disintegration of the communist bloc, followed by a severe political and economic crisis, appealed to the traffickers. Two decades ago, the aim of the struggle was to eradicate international sex trafficking, not prostitution in general. After the success of the campaign, which led to a ificant reduction in the volume of trafficking in women inactivists and politicians decided not to stop here, and continued to fight for the Sex Buyers Act.
Our models were Sweden, which passed the Tel aviv strip club Buyers Act inas well as Norway and Iceland, who were, at that time moving towards similar legislation. Inthe MP Zehava Galon proposed a bill that sought to incriminate the buyers of so-called "sex services. About six months ago, I started working on a book, which documents the Israeli feminist community's struggle to eradicate the sex industry. I tried to understand how we were able to make this achievement, despite being a moderately egalitarian country.
Reuma Schlesinger, former director of the Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Task Forceexplained her strategy to me: "We Tel aviv strip club that we could not pass this law in the short term, so we promoted other laws, a little bit less controversial.
That kept the topic a part of public discussion. Among the laws that were enacted before the Sex Buyers Act were, among others: The Telephone Blocking Lawand Website Blocking Lawwhich allowed the shutting down of virtual brothels. Only the legislation prohibiting the strip clubs is still missing in Israel. Inthe clubs were closed in the north of the country due to the associated criminal activity, such as prostitution services.
Inan intense campaign against the strip clubs began in central Israel as well. First, the efforts were focused on the "back rooms," where "classic" prostitution services were provided by the strippers to the punters. The public, the police, and the feminists Tel aviv strip club known about the rooms for a long time. Inthe rooms were finally ordered to close, and the strip clubs' business s were conditioned on the fact that no paid sex services were offered. InJudge Michal Agmon-Gonen gave an unprecedented ruling that strip clubs should be closed in the city of Ramat Gan next to Tel Aviv because a city-building program for the complex allows entertainment clubs to be run there but strip shows are not considered "entertainment" because they involve "looting, objectification of women and denying their dignity.
Club owners in Tel Aviv, the last bastion of the strip business, have pledged that every type of dance, including the "private," will be performed without physical contact. Has the promise been fulfilled? It is unclear, as there is evidence here and there. Following the pledge, the business s for the strip clubs were recently renewed by the Tel Aviv Municipality. In light of this, the closure of the clubs on February 10 was particularly surprising. Did we win? Have the strip clubs disappeared forever?
Not sure. The first closing order was issued, as is customary in such cases, for one month. One of the activists in the anti-prostitution coalition told me in a private conversation: "The clubs will probably open and close again and again. But the order to close the clubs was given by the State Attorney. Hence strip club owners are unlikely to win this war. One of my interviewees, Marin pseudonymwho was employed at one of the clubs until recently, thinks that the shutdown may be unrelated to the fight against the sex trade: "The clubs' earnings are not based on stripping.
They profited from narcotics, selling women was just a cover. Easier to run an illegal business in a club where cash is flowing like a river. Imagine your core business to be so violent that you need the sex trade to cover it. The fortune of the strip club owners is at stake, and they will not give up easily. But we try to be optimistic. Ten years ago, as we embarked on a fight to ban prostitution, the odds were much worse. Today, we are endowed with extensive anti-sex industry legislation, support of media and politicians, a state attorney's order, full backing within the feminist community, and partial backing among the general public.
And we will be here until the last of the brothels is forced to close its doors. Cart 0. Facebook 0 Twitter LinkedIn 0. Subscribe to our Podcast:.Tel aviv strip club
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