Israel started punishing prostitution users on Friday after the country’s parliament passed a prostitution ban law that included punishment against clients.
This law has been rejected by some government agencies and social groups, who believed that reintegration of workers must be guaranteed before it can be implemented.
The regulations impose fines on people who want to use a prostitute and fines 2,000 shekels (more than 510 euros). This amount can even double if multiple violations occur in less than 10 years, three years after the Times of Israel newspaper.
The authorities planned to implement the law in mid-2020 to give the state time to set up reintegration mechanisms for sex workers and enable them to find alternative livelihoods.