The Coalition for the Struggle Against Prostitution

The Coalition for the Struggle Against Prostitution is an alliance of 15 organizations acting in partnership to end prostitution by means of advancing public policy and legislation aimed at prostitution, and by extending treatment and rehabilitation services to prostitution survivors. The coalition includes:

Ofek Nashi [“women’s horizon”]
A joint effort of the Prime Minister’s Bureau, the Ministry for the Advancement of Women, the Welfare Ministry, the Health Ministry, and the City of Haifa, to aid women in prostitution, an “invisible” population in need of immediate assistance. To respond to their needs, Ofek Nashi offers an array of services, including a safe house where women can sleep and have a meal; be referred for drug detoxification; and attend a weekly support group; Ofek Nashi also operates a one-year residential program where women receive individual treatment and guidance, as well as group support; help in finding employment, job training or studies; psychiatric treatment; assistance in identifying and exercising their welfare rights; and mediation with governmental and other agencies.

Bishvilech [“for you”]
Opened in 2010 by the Welfare Ministry, the City of Beer-Sheva, and Yachdav, Bishvilech is engaged in harm reduction as well as a therapeutic-rehabilitation program to help women transition to a normative life. Bishvilech offers a safe house, hostel, clinic, and street outreach.

Salit [“wheatear”]
A joint effort of the Welfare Ministry and the City of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, Salit operates a 24/7 hotline, a safe house, and a hostel for those who seeking to leave prostitution.

Elem [“youth”]
A hotline for youth in distress due to abuse, identity issues, substance abuse, dropping out of school, bullying, involvement in crime, homelessness, or prostitution. Elem’s best-known service is its fleet of vans offering street youth a helping hand. It also operates hostels and dedicated assistance to youth in prostitution.

Haifa mobile clinic
Offers services in Haifa and environs. Those in need can call the number shown here and send the staff their location; a van will come to assist them. The staff treats men, women, and transgenders, its services free and confidential, including STI testing, vaccinations, safe sex guidance, pregnancy testing, condom distribution, referrals to medical specialists, assistance in exercising of rights, and psychological treatment.

Levinsky Clinic
Located in south Tel-Aviv where the need is great, Levinsky’s mobile clinic serves a population at risk based on gender or orientation, focusing on STI testing and treatment, and psycho-social assistance. Its assistance to those in prostitution is two-pronged: outreach, and treatment,: on the streets. The staff acts as a link between each individual served and the appropriate services needed. The staff, which includes social workers and medical practitioners, offers holistic treatment as well as education on safe sex practices and dedicated psychosocial treatment for transgenders in prostitution.

Hofchot et haYotzrot [“Turning the tables”]
Assistance to women leaving prostitution via occupational training and comprehensive psychosocial treatment. Their program includes treatment in partnership with the National Insurance Institute, which confers aid for studies and personal development, including dedicated aid for those who are currently in prostitution. Hofchot et haYotzrot has centers in Tel Aviv-Jaffa and Haifa that house a social entrepreneurship program employing graduates of the program. 200 women have completed the program.

Its mission is to aid men and women to exit prostitution. KitePride accomplishes this via rehabilitative employment aimed at realizing individuals’ emotional, cognitive, and economic potential. KitePride maintains a business producing and selling bags made of fabric recycled from parachutes, surf kites and wear, and yacht sails, and sells them online. In doing so, the beneficiaries are rehabilitated, gaining an employable skill, thus addressing the primary reason people enter prostitution.

HaMichlalah [“HerAcademy”] 
Offers those exiting prostitution job training in a number of areas on equal, respectful terms, at the completion of which graduates receive assistance finding employment. HaMichlalah’s work is based on the belief that every individual is entitled to the opportunity to exit her distressful situation, to be gainfully employed, and to enter the workforce.

Lo Omdot MiNeged [“Assisting Women in the Cycle of Prostitution”]

began as a Facebook group, and now has tens of thousands of supporters who constitute a “force on the ground” aiding hundreds of prostitution survivors. This community enlists and extends material and psychological aid to survivors who want to regain control over their bodies and their lives. The forms of assistance offered are not offered by official channels and include mentoring by lay volunteers who offer a helping hand and a listening ear; food security assistance; assistance in accessing medical care, therapy and medications; home furnishings and household needs; as well as helping find employment, financial aid for studies and legal aid. All assistance is tailored to the beneficiary and her specific needs. Beneficiaries are encouraged to tell their stories, accept help, and effect change in their lives and in the broader society.

John School Israel 
founded by Idit Harel Shemesh in partnership with Mitus, John School’s mission is to prevent the consumption of prostitution by consumers and potential consumers.

Mitus: For the Day After
Established in 2015 by Idit Harel Shemesh, who joined our struggle in 2005. Mitus is an activist arm of the struggle against prostitution that offers lectures nationwide on all related issues.

Jerusalem Justice Institute
A human rights organization working locally and abroad, extending aid to human trafficking victims; advocating for the Prohibition on Consuming Prostitution Act; developing information campaigns; and providing legal aid for prostituted persons.

Todaah [“awareness”]
Provides public education campaigns based on years of involvement on the streets with prostitution; data gathering; working to changing the image of prostitution;, lectures and workshops; and technology entrepreneurship in the area of prostitution and sexual abuse. Todaah offers a program aimed at teens explaining what healthy sexuality consists of and what exploitation looks like; identifying signs of distress in their peers; and safe internet and social media usage.

Fines given out to Johns
Sex trade survivors who succeeded in the erasure of debt thanks to the model we developed
Aid centers got funding thanks to the gov. decision to provide aid to survivors of the sex trade
Police officers got training to enforce the law against the consumption of prostitution
NIS a year are now part of the government yearly budget