Monday, February 11, 2008

Israel: Gal-On Proposes to Close Down Online Sex Industry

ISRAEL - Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On, chairwoman of the Knesset Sub-Committee on Trafficking in Women, revealed plans Thursday for new legislation that would make operating and advertising prostitution services on-line a criminal act.
The legislation is being presented as an amendment to the existing criminal code and has yet to be approved by the Knesset. If it goes into effect, hundreds of virtual pimps, photographers, Web designers and others involved in running lucrative prostitution and "escort" services on the Internet could face criminal prosecution and possibly jail time. Twenty-one Knesset members have already said they would support such legislation.
"Hundreds of virtual brothels operate on the Internet, offering women for sale," commented Gal-On, who is also planning to submit similar legislation against newspapers and magazines advertising such services in the next few days...


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