Welfare min. allocates NIS 7.5m. to fight prostitution

June 18, 2013 17:54

Welfare Minister Meir Cohen said he has ordered the ministry to allocate a budget in the amount of NIS 7.5 million to operations against women trafficking and prostitution in Israel, during a meeting of the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women on Tuesday.

Cohen added that he views the issue as the responsibility of the Welfare Ministry.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who was also present at the meeting, compared prostitution to the “Price Tag” attacks phenomenon and said these are two issues that Israeli society should care about.

Representative of the Movement for Governability and Democracy attorney Simcha Rothman also participated in the discussion and pointed fingers at legal entities for creating an informal legalization of prostitution with a lack of enforcement of legislation on the subject.

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