(photo credit: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich)
Three Holon residents were indicted on Sunday on charges of human trafficking
and prostitution procurement. The three, a married couple and one other man,
were accused of importing women from Chile to work as prostitutes in the sex
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According to the indictment, Roberto and Lucia Hertzokan and
Nissim Talmud paid an acquaintance living in Chile $500 per head to arrange for
three indigent Chilean women to come to Israel to work as
According to the indictment, the women were asked to send
semi-nude photos of themselves to the accused, so that they could determine if
they were suitable to work in the sex trade. Having approved them based on the
photos, the accused paid for the women’s flight tickets and met them at the
On the way from the airport to the Tel Aviv hotel where the
accused had arranged for the women to stay, they explained that the women would
charge between NIS 600-700 for an hour of sexual service, and that the earnings
would be split half and half between the women and the accused. The women were
also told that they would have to pay the accused NIS 1,500 for half of the
expenses of the flight and the hotel room.
The accused provided the women
with mobile phones and contraceptives and placed advertisements in local sex
trade publications and websites.
According to the indictment, the women
worked as prostitutes for two days out of their Tel Aviv hotel room. On the
second day, the police entered their apartment searching from illicit drugs and
though they found none, the raid raised suspicions that the women were in Israel
to work as prostitutes.
Following the police search, the accused
transferred the women to the Hertzokan’s Holon apartment, where they were found
a day later and taken into custody.
On Sunday, the accused were brought
before the court and the police requested that they be remanded in the interest
of public safety and so the police could continue the investigation without
obstruction. The police presented video footage of the accused entering the
hotel with the women and their telephone numbers listed as contact people in the
advertisements as grounds for their arrest.
The three were also indicted
of the same charges for committing similar acts in August 2010.