Tel Aviv police on Sunday secured a warrant closing a brothel in the city for 30 days, after a prostitute who worked there took her own life inside the establishment earlier this month.
The 36-years-old who had worked in the sex industry form many years in Tel Aviv, hung herself inside one of the rooms at the brothel while she was on her shift 10 days ago. Police came and cleared out the body and the brothel resumed operations that same night.
The woman’s death led to a protest Saturday night outside the brothel at 98 Hayarkon Street, where hundreds, including fellow sex workers and friends of the deceased woman, held a minute of silence for women who have died in the sex trade, and called for stronger legislation against prostitution in Israel, where solicitation of prostitution is legal but pimping is an offense.
Protesters also took issue with the fact that the brothel had been open for over a decade, even after police and the courts had in past years secured a series of warrants temporarily closing it.
Tel Aviv police have also opened an investigation into the establishment on suspicion of pimping and other crimes.