Criminal act or innocent fun? The police on Tuesday launched an investigation into eyewitness reports according to which a number of men had sexual intercourse with a woman on a public beach in Tel Aviv two weeks ago.
The incident, which was revealed in the press only two weeks later, took place on Bugrashov Beach in broad daylight, and was witnessed by many passersby and beach-goers, but police officials say they only received two complaints.
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One eyewitness told Ynet that he was certain it was a group of young men who hired the services of a call girl. Other witnesses said the woman seemed to be intoxicated during the incident.
Kobi Ganesh, who works at a nearby beach restaurant, said "the woman danced in a circle with the young men, who occasionally touched her. I saw her asking them for all kinds of things like money and cigarettes.
Incident happened in broad daylight (Phto: Ido Erez)
"Every once and a while she would take whoever would cooperate into the water and engage in a sexual act. I thought she probably works in this, or maybe she needed the money for something, so I stayed out of it. There were many families and children around and nobody did anything," he said.
Ganesh added that people kept joining the circle and clapping. "She was not in distress, but it seemed as though she was drunk. She was a little absent-minded; she laid on the ground and rolled in the sand. I see a lot of girls like that around here," he said. "A day before this incident a girl sat on the beach with two jackets and coats. She looked like she was dead. No one came near her."
'She seemed in control'Ganesh's colleague Alex, who also witnessed the event, said "I saw a group of 16 to 18 year olds who were sitting in a circle playing drums and the woman was dancing at the center wearing nothing but a denim jacket. The beach was packed with people and we had a lot of work, that's why we couldn’t approach them and see what was going on. We didn’t see the sexual act, but we could tell that the woman was a lot older than the men. I thought they may have hired a call girl."
Alex added that "throughout the entire incident, I didn't see any police presence. At least 30 people gathered around, but there were no police officers. We heard shouting, whistling and drumming. She seemed to be in control of the situation.
The Tel Aviv Municipality stated in response that "during the winter season, before the swimming season begins, inspectors patrol only five beaches in Tel Aviv and that's why there was no one there."
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