Police car in Tel Aviv at night 311.
(photo credit: Yoni Cohen)
Two young men in their twenties from Tel Aviv were arrested on Friday on suspicion of forcing young minors into prostitution and rape.
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The two allegedly utilized the internet to find young boys between the ages of 12 and 16, committed consensual sexual relations with them after they easily gained their trust and then turned them into escort prostitutes for dozens of clients.
The two suspects are accused of rape due to the young age of their victims. They will be brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court for an extension in their remand.
According to initial investigations, at a later time, the two pressured the victims into prostitution, promising high pay in return. The two acted as pimps, arranging clients for the boys, who were also contacted through the internet. Fees were collected by the two suspects from the various clients and small amounts were given to the victims. Meetings between the minors and the clients were mainly held at the clients' residences or hotels throughout the city.
The police investigation began after the parents of a 13-year-old boy from the South reported him missing to the police several weeks ago. In response, the police searched the boy's personal computer for clues. They discovered that the boy was lured into meeting the suspects in Tel Aviv through the social networking site Facebook.
"Once we discovered that these were the people he was in contact with,
we knew where to go look for him, a police official said. "Since the
suspects had a criminal background for being involved with prostitution
as youths in the southern part of the city, they are now suspected for
forcing other boys into prostitution."