Tel Aviv Police on Wednesday morning raided what they called “one of the largest brothels” operating in the city, which they said brought in millions of shekels in dirty money.
Police said the raid was carried out by YASSAM special patrol officers, YAMAR special investigative unit detectives, and officers from the Tax Authority’s “Yahalom” enforcement unit. The officers arrested four men that police said they suspect of committing wide-scale tax evasion, but no crimes involving the sex trade itself.
By Wednesday afternoon the four men were all released by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s court on the condition that they report for any further questioning with police.
Yoav Kotler, head of the investigative branch of the Tel Aviv district police, said that the charges do not include any sort of human trafficking, adding that the women all willfully worked at the brothel “just like in 99% of the prostitution industry in Israel.”
Kotler said the case is a financial one dealing with tax offenses.