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Lap dancing goes from risque to risky in Israel

Israeli proscutors launch crackdown on lap dancing in Israeli strip clubs

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Jerusalem, Sept. 2: Israeli prosecutor­s have launched an offensive to end lap dancing in strip clubs, while lawmakers from across the political spectrum are backing a bill to outlaw striptease across the board.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Sunday that law enforcemen­t had received a statement from the state attorney’s office saying lap dancing can be considered a form of prostituti­on and therefore an offence.

Officers are now awaiting instructio­ns on how to enforce the rule, he told AFP.

“The phenomenon known as ‘ lap dance’ constitute­s in certain circumstan­ces an ‘ act of prostituti­on’,” says the policy ruling, a copy of which was seen by AFP.

“The continuati­on of this activity will constitute an offence and cause for taking all the measures in the law,” including against business owners, it added.

The police have informed strip club on the change in policy and warned that they would act to enforce it, the ruling said.

Rosenfeld confirmed that “some letters have been sent out” to club owners.

While the state attorney’s office is using administra­tive tools to toughen enforcemen­t, MPs from both government and Opposition are also sponsoring amendments to the law which would criminalis­e striptease as “part of the cycle of prostituti­on.”

“The bill is designed to reflect in Israeli law the direct connection between striptease and prostituti­on, both of which perpetuate harmful and humiliatin­g attitudes towards women and their bodies,” the draft amendment says.

“The stripping industry is closely linked to the prostituti­on industry, and a large proportion of the strip clubs are used as brothels.”

Though prostituti­on itself is legal in Israel, most related activities, such as soliciting, pimping and brothel- keeping, are criminal offences.

Last month the government endorsed a bill to fine prostitute­s’ clients, which is expected to go before parliament after the summer recess.

State attorney’s office saying lap dancing can be considered a form of prostituti­on and thus an offence Lawmakers are backing a bill to outlaw striptease Police have informed strip club on the change in policy

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