Prostitute hooker street walker 390 (R).
(photo credit: Edgard Garrido / Reuters)
The Tel Aviv Municipality’s enforcement branch will team up with the Task Force
on Human Trafficking, to clean up the business cards for sex workers scattered
across the city, the municipality stated on Tuesday.
International Women’s Day on Friday, the municipality said city enforcement
workers will take part in lectures on the trafficking of women and the sex trade
in the city, “in order to gain a deep understanding of the problems and
importance of this phenomenon.”
The city said that while it does not have the
tools the police has to fight the sex trade, its municipal workers have the
authority to fine those distributing the cards, though they admit they cannot
take action against the printing presses that make the business cards – which
can be found in the hundreds on the streets of Tel Aviv, especially in the
city’s northern and north central neighborhoods.
“The city has in the
past and will continue to call on the police to take investigative action
against those who send people to distribute the cards on the streets of the
city, and prosecute them according to Israeli law,” said the
A bicyclist scattering massage parlor cards on Yirmiyahu
Street in north Tel Aviv last week told The Jerusalem Post that sex workers give
him bags of over 1,000 cards to toss out on the streets of the city, for around
NIS 100 per package.
The bicyclist said that for the most part, the
people who pay him want the cards to be spread around north Tel Aviv, especially
near the port and the hotel strip where tourists congregate.
that demand increases in the summertime, and he can usually get paid at least
NIS 200 per batch distributed.
In the past, women’s rights groups have
protested against the business cards and the free sex trade magazines given out
at Tel Aviv kiosks, at times dumping them in piles outside the city hall.