An indictment was filed Wednesday with the Tel Aviv District Court against a woman in her twenties and a 41-year-old man for pimping minors.
The records in the case, which were unsealed last week, revealed that dozens of girls ages 14-16 residing in poor neighborhoods in southern Tel Aviv were exploited for years and forced to provide sexual services for money.
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The woman and her partner are accused of luring minors into prostitution, receiving sexual services from minors and other offenses. Their names could not be released due to a gag order.
According to the indictment against the woman's partner, for a period of 18 months he had intercourse with the minors, paying them NIS 200-300 (roughly $30-50) and taking them to various locations in central Israel. He also gave them cigarettes and alcohol. It was the first time the girls involved had intercourse for money.
The young woman defendant, in court (Photo: Benny Deutsch)
Another man involved in the case was charged with attempted rape and receiving sexual services from a minor.
The affair saw two more indictments filed with the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court. The two are accused, among other offenses, of receiving sexual services from minors. One had sadomasochistic relations with minors in return for NIS 50-100 ($13-25), food, drinks and driving them to parties on weekends.
One of the two was implicated in two attempted rapes on separate occasions.
The young woman's attorney denied the allegations. Attorney Amikam Hadar, who represents a different defendant, claimed his client only had friendly relations with a girl.
Attorneys Ronen Rosenbloom and Sharon Kenan who represent another defendant vowed to prove their client's innocence after they receive the evidence material.
Attorney Shahar Hezroni who represents the fourth defendant also denied the allegations against his client, and Moshe Fleischman, the attorney for the man charged with sadomasochistic relations, claims his client's complicity is minor because the indictment against him was filed with the Magistrate's Court.
The main defendants remain in custody, and others have been released.
The affair was brought to light early last week. Tel Aviv detectives raided the houses of the defendants and others suspected of using the minors' services regularly.
"The phenomenon has been going on for years," police sources said.
The minors' information was given to social service and they are receiving care towards their rehabilitation.
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