Tzipi Hotovely 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Knesset Law Committee passed for second and third reading a bill prohibiting
in certain institutions the employment of individuals convicted of creating or
trading in pedophiliac material.
The bill, sponsored by MK Tzipi Hotovely
(Likud), aims to add to the existing law – which prohibits the employment of
convicted sex offenders – a prohibition on employing in institutions attended by
minors or helpless people those convicted of creating, buying or selling
child-sex images or videos.
The bill would limit employment and also
volunteering in any institute catering to, or even occasionally attended by, the
These include, schools, hospitals, clinics,
cultural centers, gyms and zoos, among others.
The Justice Ministry
representative opposed the proposal, explaining that the danger level of people
convicted of such crimes is low.
But Yitzhak Kadman, chairman of the
National Council for the Child, said that the bill did not go far enough and
ought to also include people charged with possession of pedophiliac materials.
Kadman added that the source of the problem was lack of enforcement, not
“To my sorrow, during the last five years, only
seven people were convicted of creating or trading in pedophiliac materials,
which points to lack of enforcement. Without enforcement, the law is a dead
letter,” he said.
Hotovely said the bill strongly advances the protection
of minors and the defenseless.
Ruth, a mother of three from the Jerusalem
area, expressed grave concerns over lack of enforcement.
“There is zero
oversight over the people who work with and around our children. In a few
months, school will be out and I know for a fact that nobody looks into the
background of camp counselors. Unlike in other countries, where everyone who has
access to children has to provide a bill of approval from the police, here
nobody even asks any questions,” she said. “For all I know, the bus driver who
takes my children to school every day may have a record, but nobody cares to
The bill will soon go before the plenum for second and third