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Israel’s First Female Pimp

Tal Miller on Angelique Sabag Gautiller and prostitution in Israel

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A Prostitute in Tel Aviv(Yogev Amrany)

Today on Tablet, as Israel looks to outlaw prostitution, Tal Miller profiles one of the profession’s original gangsters, who now sits in prison.

Gautiller is one of the burgeoning industry’s captains. She made aliyah from France when she was 17, volunteering at Kibbutz Hatzerim before moving to Eilat and getting a job as a waitress. She later headed to the United States, briefly settling in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and then New York, where she sold Israeli music at a store in Manhattan called Hava Nagilah.

In 2002, Gautiller moved back to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv, but her prospects were bleak. In debt and unable to find steady work, she eventually got evicted from her apartment and moved to a cheap Tel Aviv motel where she paid 50 NIS (around $13) a night for a room. “One day I came back from work and my room was burglarized. Everything I had was stolen,” Gautiller told me. “I was devastated. I literally had nothing left.” Finding herself at rock bottom, she turned to an unexpected source: a prostitute living at the motel. “I asked her to help me find a job,” she explained. “I knew her salary wasn’t as awful as other women’s, so I thought it was the best solution I could find. That’s how it started.” She said she found a newspaper ad placed by Kevin Byrne, an Irish pimp, looking for women to work in Ireland. She visited his website and reached out to him via email, and he asked her to come work for him in Dublin. She agreed, traveling to Dublin and settling in as one of Byrne’s call girls.

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LR9099 says:

Outlawing prostitution will be the stupidest thing Israel has ever done. Back to stone ages.

    Doglover77 says:

    So, young poor Eastern European women who can prove to have some Jewish ancestry are issued work permits and allowed entry into the country. They are then kidnapped, beaten and forced into the Israeli sex slave industry. This in a country that claims it’s right to exist from the Old Testament. And you, LR9099, approve of this industry? You are exactly what I knew you to be.

      LR9099 says:

      lol. don’t believe every piece of bs you read on the front pages of daily papers.

    Doglover77 says:

    The Sick History of Jewish Prostitution

    Feb 10, 2010

    The History of Jewish Prostitution

    We must address Israeli prostitution as our problem

    By Leonard Fein

    Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, San Francisco – November 24, 1998… … story.html

    It came as a shock: Jewish “women of the night.”

    That was all the way back in 1960, glimpsing the streetwalkers as I was driving through Jaffa. Instinctively, I did what just about all Jews who cared for Israel had long since learned to do: I made excuses and developed relatively benign rationales. File under goy k’chol hagoyim, a nation like all others, and just hope that file stays much, much smaller than the or lagoyim — the lamp unto the nations file.

    But before I’d had the time to tuck the matter away, a second and untuckable problem tumbled in. If there are Jewish whores, then Jewish pimps cannot be far behind. Jewish pimps? How can such a thing be? For the women they exploit, one can feel sympathy. But for the pimps? Vile, unacceptable. Where in your Zionist files do you lose them?

    The answer is, of course, that you don’t. The answer is that life is complicated, and Judaism is not a vaccine. The answer, if you hang around long enough, is Jewish arms merchants and Jewish bank robbers and Jewish wife-beaters and all manner of Jewish miscreants — not, heaven forbid, in greater proportion than the foul of any other people, perhaps even, here and there, in smaller proportion. So why not Jewish pimps, too?

    And you live with that answer and learn to handle all the bad stuff along with the decisive good. Your theory of Zion becomes more sophisticated, expansive enough to include Zion’s manifest imperfections.

    But then, suddenly, you learn that it’s not garden-variety pimps you’re encountering, petty hustlers out of Israel’s underside. No, suddenly you learn that Israel has become a routine destination for the global trafficking of women, women coerced into prostitution.

    The thousand such women brought into Israel annually derive principally from the countries of the former Soviet Union, and the way they get to Israel is that they are “purchased,” each one costing between $10,000 and $20,000. And they are, of course, expected to repay the cost to their masters through what amounts to indentured servitude — or, if you prefer the simpler and more straightforward, slavery.

    Most of these women, these slaves, are in their early 20s, but some as young as 15, and even 12, have turned up in Tel Aviv. They are, according to the Haifa Police commander, routinely beaten, tortured, raped and drugged. They are isolated, deprived, threatened, their documents are destroyed. Indeed, they are told that if they are disobedient or seek to contact the police or the courts, their families back home will be punished.

    How can such a monstrous crime persist? The answer, one supposes, is the same answer to the question asked about any country that makes room for trafficked women. Each woman earns between $50,000 and $100,000 a year for her pimp; the total turnover of the prostitution trade in Israel comes to some $450 million a year. And some Israeli experts believe that the Israeli police allow the pimps to operate because they make good snitches, they provide the police with information about other and presumably more serious crimes.

    Chaim Nachman Bialik, the poet of the Hebrew renaissance, once said that he yearned for the day when there would be in (then) Palestine a Jewish jail, with a Jewish guard on the outside and a Jewish prisoner on the inside. But this? There is such a thing as “too normal.”

    The Israel Women’s Network, Rabbis for Human Rights and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel are all “on the case,” and the Supreme Court and Knesset may soon intervene to inhibit the trade. But no one predicts an early and genuinely comprehensive effort to put an end to it.

    We are told that we should not wash Israel’s dirty linen in public. But when the dirty linen is hanging out there for all to see, is it not proper that its energetic washing also be visible — along with efforts to prevent the linen’s soiling in the first place? After all, this is not a hawk vs. dove problem, nor an Orthodox vs. everybody else problem. It is about as basic a problem as you can have.

    For those who operate in a traditional context, perhaps Purim, with its obvious references to the exploitation of women, will suffice. For all of us, we can now see the underside of globalization. Even if we are less emotionally engaged with the issue of women’s slavery when it plays out in Kuwait or in Germany than when it plays out in Israel, our response to the Israeli manifestation cannot be successful if it is compartmentalized.

    And anyway, those other women, the ones who are sold off to countries outside our scope of concern — they, too, are women, girls really, and someone has to stand up for them, too. No?

    The writer is founder and former editor of Moment magazine and a Boston-based writer for American Jewish newspapers.


      LR9099 says:

      this thing is written by someone with weird views who’s suffering from verbal diarrhea and has no clue about what’s going on in real life. just don’t worry about it – there’s no “slavery” in Israel.

    Velasco Legasi says:

    god ishly and he gave the book of exodus,leviticus ,numbers and deuteronomy for Israel to obey for God to bless them.please read Leviticus 18:1-32 for Israel to to obey to Survive

WilliamBarnes says:

Humanity will perhaps one day evolve beyond this primitive, globe-wide power and sex-dominated slavery syndrome, but I doubt it very much.

vladdrakul says:

Prostitution is often compared wrongly to the right to drugs vs Alchohol as though the issue is the Liberty of the Pimp to exploit sex slaves (prostitutes). They twist it around though as a ‘liberty’ for women to choose to live as they will.
Which is like talking about the US civil war as a war for the Liberty of black slavest o be owned by their white masters. Liberty has nothing to do with it. Slavery does. SO many vile men who would look at their own daughters involvement in this with horror start babbling about ‘showing sex workers respect’ when all they want is the liberty to abuse another.
I as a man have NO right to sex with any woman at all; outside of that of a mutually desired ‘relationship’. And so many of these men are rightwing conservatives who judge others. All slavery is wrong and the line between child pornography, child sex rape (ala Thailand) and other forms of submission are anything but clear. Vile
Sweden has the answer. Jail the Johns! I say castrate the bastards as well as any man who rapes (think India/Islam/atheists, christians, Jews; who ever!). If India introduces the death penalty for violent rape it will not be me protesting that.
Sex is beautiful. Between husband and wife or boyfriend /girlfriend: Outside that it is vile and degrading!

Leave sex alone. Who is to tell which sex is “righteous” and beautiful and which not so.

m s baig says:

The woman and the man guilty of illegal sexual intercourse, flog
each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their
case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and
the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment.
(This punishment is for unmarried persons guilty of the above crime but
if married persons commit it, the punishment is to stone them to death,
according to Allah’s Law)

james ross says:

Most American who support, without question, Israel’s claim to the land, do so because they believe Jews have a right to it. Theysay God gave it to the Chosen People forever.
So, if the claim is based on religion, why is prostitution being allowed in the “Holy Land”?
Why is Tel Aviv a center of gay pride parades? It seems like the Palestinian Muslims are more deserving morally than the secular unbelieving Jews. The Jews have shown that they have no moral or biblical high ground over the Arabs. Sodomy was an abomination that defiled the land in the O.T. Prostitution and all forms of harlotry were not encouraged by the legal system.

Louis Omos says:

i think, is very insulting to other countries,to say she was the first isreal’s pimp.


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