A man and a woman were arrested Friday on suspicion they solicited teenage children as young as 12 to have sexual relations with adults for money. Several of the sexual encounters were part of mass orgies.
The two are also suspected of soliciting the teens to consume heavy drugs and alcohol.
Rosh HaAyin police launched an investigation after receiving information that an underage boy had fallen victim to sexual exploitation.
During the investigation it was discovered that a 21-year-old resident of the city and a 54-year-old woman from a nearby moshav joined forces to supply adults with sex services involving minors.
It is suspected the pair connected children between the ages 12 and 15 with adults seeking sexual intercourse. The sexual encounters, including mass orgies, took places in various locations.
The encounters included the consumption of heavy drugs and alcohol. A search in the woman's house revealed narcotics.
The suspects collected fees from the adults which they kept for themselves.
"The suspects exploited the minors and traded them for sexual encounters," a police source said. "These are serious offences. It is still early days in the investigation and there are many other people involved who have yet to be questioned."
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