Will erotic dancing at Israeli strip clubs be considered prostitution soon?

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has decided to get involved in the country's battle against what he calls "the exploitation of women" by asking that erotic dancing at strip clubs be considered prostitution. "When the activities at the clubs are defined as prostitution, it will be easier to enforce the law against those who operate the clubs," he explained.
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After an Israeli court ruled that strip clubs can no longer operate in a certain area near Tel Aviv, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan is attempting to redefine some of the activities that take place within these establishments as prostitution. In response to a letter sent to him by MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid), Erdan said that he has contacted the State Attorney's Office, asking that erotic dancing at strip clubs be considered prostitution.

"I was informed that the deputy state attorney and police representatives recently held a meeting during which it was concluded that the State Attorney's Office will examine altering the guideline so that activities at strip clubs, mainly erotic dancing, will be considered prostitution for all intents and purposes," Erdan wrote in a letter to State Attorney Shai Nitzan and Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

"I'm turning to you in order to stress the need to urgently correct the guideline so that the Israel Police has significant tools in order to counter the offenses that occur within strip clubs on a daily basis," he continued. "When the activities at the clubs are defined as prostitution, it will be easier to enforce the law against those who operate the clubs."

In Israel, paying for sex and receiving money for sex is legal but brothels are prohibited by law. Therefore, redefining erotic dancing as prostitution would drastically change the enforcement of the law at strip clubs. There are almost no strip clubs in Israel today that do not feature erotic dancing. In most cases, the clubs' erotic dancers are their main attraction.



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