Israel Debates Bill to Prosecute Patrons of Prostitutes

General view of the Knesset or Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem, pictured during a vote on December 3, 2014

The Jerusalem Post reports: Legislation that would make it illegal to be a patron of a prostitute has received the backing of Welfare Minister Haim Katz, making it much more likely to pass into law.

Katz supports the bill by MKs Shuli Moalem-Refaeli (Bayit Yehudi) and Zehava Gal-On (Meretz), Channel 2 reported Saturday night, with one caveat: It would not apply to minors.

As proposed, johns over age 18 would have to pay a NIS 750 fine for using sexual services.

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