Head of massive prostitution ring gets 18 years in prison


"הפעילות הורידה אותם מדרגת צלם אדם". סבן בבית המשפט, היום (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Rami Saban and three accomplices who headed one of ‘most extensive human-trafficking rings in Israel’s history’ jailed and ordered to compensate victims.


ed note–remember as you read this that Saban was justified in his religious beliefs to do this, as the Old Testament is rife with examples of the menfolk exploiting women for sexual purposes. Besides Abraham selling his wife Sarah into concubinage to the Egyptian Pharaoh, we also have the case of Abraham’s  nephew Lott, who gives his 2 virgin daughters away to a group of sex freaks from Sodom–

‘Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man…I give them to you to abuse as you see fit, only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof…

Genesis, 19.8

But probably the most important, in terms of Jews using Gentile women for their own sexual purposes comes from the Book of Numbers, 31:13-18, 32-35

‘And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.

And Moses was furious with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.

And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?

Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD…

Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

And the booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep, 

And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,

And threescore and one thousand asses,

And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.


“We’ve yet to see a case that compares in its severity to Rami Saban’s activity,” Tel Aviv District Court Judge Khaled Kabub said Thursday before sentencing the head of a massive human-trafficking ring to 18 years and seven months in prison.

The court also ordered Saban to pay each of the 13 complainants NIS 15,000 (about $4,000) and fined him an additional NIS 150,000 ($40,000).

Four months ago Saban and three of his accomplices were convicted of trafficking hundreds of women into Israel for prostitution.

Justice Kaboub called the operation “one of the most complex and extensive human-trafficking affairs to be uncovered in recent years, if not ever.”

David Moraidi, one of the accomplices, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay nine of the complainants a total of NIS 100,000 ($26,000). Yaakov Moraidi was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay the complainants NIS 5,000 ($1,300). He was also fined NIS 60,000 (about $16,000).

Shmuel Malka, the third accomplice, was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay the complainants NIS 15,000 ($4,000). He was also slapped with a NIS 20,000 ($5,300) fine.

According to the indictment, the defendants smuggled hundreds of women into Israel through the border with Egypt. They used a network which located hundreds of young women in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, and Uzbekistan.

The court said the suspects received between $5,000-$7,000 for each woman they sold to an escort service in Israel, depending on her physical appearance. The three key suspects are alleged to have pocketed millions of shekels each.

Eight men were indicted in March 2009 in connection with the human trafficking ring, but two of them became state witnesses as part of a plea bargain and linked Saban to the other suspects. Avi Yanai, Saban’s business partner, was sentenced by a Russian court to 18 years in prison for his role in the operation.

Some of the women, the verdict said, were imprisoned and abused.

The court also said some of the defendants owned and operated 12 brothels in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan between 1999 and 2004, and also operated a phone sex line between 2005 and 2006.

Saban was convicted of pandering, conspiracy to commit a crime, operating a brothel, forgery and money laundering.

Saban, the court said in the verdict, “was at the top of a pyramid of criminal and disgraceful activity. Words cannot describe the cynicism and apathy with which the defendants, headed by Saban, treated the woman.

“Nothing deters him (Saban) – not prior convictions or lengthy jail sentences,” Justice Kaboub wrote.

A representative of the Tel Aviv District Prosecutor’s Office said the court “sent a strong message to Israel’s citizens that they will be severely punished even if they commit human-trafficking offences outside the country’s borders.”

Rita Chaikin of the Isha L’Isha (Woman to Woman) organization said she hoped the verdict would deter human traffickers. “It is important to understand that women who have been trafficked into Israel did not do so out of their own free will, but out of terrible distress,” she said.

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