Newly elected Meretz chair MK Zahava Gal-On welcomed Sunday the government approval of a law that would criminalize buying sexual services.
Gal-On commended the law, saying it would "lead the struggle against the circumstances that create a demand for prostitution and lead to the serious phenomena of drug addiction, degradation of women, violence, coercion and control of women within Israel's sex industry."
Gal-On, who made the remarks via a written statement, said the "bondage of women both by merchants and customers is the source of sexual exploitation; it is the economic force that is behind the [sex] industry and generates demand."
She said criminalizing the customers of prostitution would "improve the status of women in general."
The Meretz chair also noted that she had initiated a similar law in the previous Knesset. The current law was proposed by Kadima MK Orit Zuaret.