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Swiss city experiments with drive-in ‘sex boxes’



Published: Tue, August 27, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

ZURICH

No car, no sex.

That’s the rule for an experiment Zurich launched Monday to make prostitution less of a public nuisance and safer for women.

Switzerland long has been famous for its mountaineering, chocolate and precision watches, but a lesser-known aspect is its legal prostitution since 1942, for which its largest city is one of the main centers in Europe.

Fashionably teak-colored open, wooden garages, popularly called “sex boxes” by the Swiss media, will be open for business for drive-in customers. The several dozen sex workers who are expected to make it their new hub will stand along a short road in a small, circular park for clients to choose from and negotiate with. The park was built in a former industrial area nestled between a rail yard and the fence along a major highway.

The publicly funded facilities — open all night and located away from the city center — include bathrooms, lockers, small cafe tables and a laundry and shower. Men won’t have to worry about video surveillance cameras, but the sex workers — who will need a permit and pay a small tax — will be provided with a panic button and on-site social workers trained to look after them.

As far as Daniel Hartmann, a Zurich lawyer, is concerned, it’s a win-win situation.

“Safety for the prostitutes. At least it’s a certain kind of a shelter for them. They can do their business, and I respect them,” he said. “They do a great job, and they have better working conditions here. ... They’re not exposed to the bosses, to the pimps, in here.”

On Saturday, Hartmann was one of several hundred residents, including many women and a small throng of journalists, who flocked to the only “open house” that Zurich will offer to give the public a better idea of how its taxpayer money has been used.

Most of the visitors said they came out of curiosity and haven’t really come to terms with the idea, but hope it will at least improve safety. Others were amazed and a bit amused that a whole group of strangers would spend a rainy afternoon openly discussing professional sex.

Brigitta Hanselmann, a retired special-needs schoolteacher from Embrach, Switzerland, said: “I have to think about it for a long time, because it’s so incredible that a city offers that to the men, and it’s interesting that there are many, many women here who are looking at it.” She called the sex boxes “an effort to control a thing that you can’t really control.”

Voters in Zurich approved spending up to $2.6 million on the project last year as a way of relocating the sex traffic away from a busy downtown area where it had become a public nuisance and safety concern due to lack of sanitation, aggressive men and associated drugs and violence.


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1handymandave(541 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Got to give it to the swiss always ahead in the drug and prostitution game.

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2kurtw(914 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Definitely something we should try in Y-town. I like it. We have all that empty land (from razed houses) on the South Side and we have a whole bunch of horny men around without wives or steady girl friends. Well, combine the two- build little Swiss modeled Sex Cottages- bring in the South Side Hookers- and... best part the City could levy a tax on the whole enterprise and make money- Hell, the biggest customers would be City Pols and Lawyers- guaranteed.

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