Drive-Through Brothels Open in Zurich

Zurich rolls out the million=Euro ‘Sex Boxes’ with the aim of making legal prostitution safer for both workers and customers.

epa03825606 View into one of the so-called 'sex boxes' as they are presented to the media in Zurich, Switzerland, 15 August 2013. The drive-in booths outside the city center, which will accomodate sex workers and their costumers as of 26 August, are a part of a package of measures to regulate street prostitution and improve the prostitutes' working conditions.  EPA/STEFFEN SCHMIDT

The city of Zurich is set to open a group of ‘sex boxes’ as a designated space for prostitutes and their customers.

By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Men seeking the comfort of a prostitute in Zurich will soon have a designated place to get it on with their paid paramours.

In an effort to make street prostitution safer for both sex workers and customers, authorities in the Swiss city have rolled out a series of drive-in “sex boxes,” set to open for business Aug. 26.

Located along a clearly marked path, the drive-in structures are for car customers only.

Located along a clearly marked path, the drive-in structures are for car customers only.

The nine wooden sheds are located in a former industrial area of the city. They will be staffed with up to 40 prostitutes and open during designated nighttime and early morning hours, The Telegraph reported.

The drive-in booths outside the city center are set to open Aug. 26.

The drive-in booths outside the city center are set to open Aug. 26.

The boxes are part of an effort to regulate street prostitution and improve the prostitutes' working conditions, authorities said.

The boxes are part of an effort to regulate street prostitution and improve the prostitutes’ working conditions, authorities said.

Adorned with posters promoting condom use and AIDS awareness, and equipped with alarms that can be activated in case of danger, the bare-bones garages hold space for a car and little else. They are for car customers only; men on foot or on motorbikes are not allowed.

While prostitution is legal in Switzerland, Zurich men will no longer be allowed to solicit sex workers outside the group of boxes or two other approved zones.

The 1.4 million-Euro initiative is part of an effort to bestow some order Switzerland’s growing sex trade, with an eye toward protecting workers while also keeping them away from the city center and residential neighborhoods.

“We want to regulate prostitution because until now it was the law of the jungle,” welfare department official Michael Herzig said, according to The Telegraph.

“It was the pimps who decided the prices, for instance. We are trying to reach a situation which is better for the prostitutes themselves, for their health and security and also for people who live in Zurich.”

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6 responses to “Drive-Through Brothels Open in Zurich

  1. This is not right. Zurich is one of my favourite places to visit and I am certain that there are citizens that do not agree with having these “sex-boxes”. Why don’t you do something about diminishing the problem, make it illegal and hold the men accountable. I am so disappointed. Are we really serving up our women like drive in food order stalls?? Where is the moral compass of the people who decided to do this??

  2. I agree with Michelle. The morals of people around the globe are going to Hell in a hand basket. Whatever happened to personal discipline and civic morality? America is NO EXCEPTION either.

  3. Jesus is coming soon, that is all I can say about this. This is insanity!!!

  4. And believeing that jesus is coming is sane? prostitution is slavery and needs to be abolished. Likewise organised religion.

  5. Michelle, thank you, for putting it so clearly!

  6. The idea of women being rented out like cheap property out of a stall is dispicable, as is the entire sex industry, HOWEVER, I can actually see a benefit to these cheap shacks. They’re out in the open, the customer’s vehicle and probably the whole sordid affair are viewable from outside the stall. Since these are the only legal options, it forces men to either risk exposure or risk breaking the law. This might be a small deterrent.

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