Switzerland opens first sex drive-in

2013-08-27 15:01
Zurich – Switzerland has opened a first sex drive-in in Zurich which is aimed at creating a safer space for sex workers and take prostitution off the city's streets.

Timeslive reports that the drive-in is in a former industrial zone in the west of the city and has a track where the sex workers can show off their assets and negotiate a price with nine so-called "sex boxes" where they and their clients can park and conclude the transaction.

According to the report, the drive-in will open at 7:00 pm at the downtown street of Sihlquai where barely-dressed street-walkers have long openly and aggressively plied their trade to the dismay of residents and businesses will become off-limits to prostitution.

The drive-in is designed to be safer with security officers on guard to ensure there is only one man in each car that enters as well alarm buttons in each "sex box" and on-site doctors and social workers.

However, some sex workers are concerned the strict measures regarding the drive-in space would scare off their clients. On the other hand, Zurich police said it remained unclear whether they and their clients would agree to the move.

Police spokesman, Mario Cortesi told AFP that they have no idea how many women will show up but the new sex drive-in was approved by 52.6 percent of Zurich voters in a March 2012 referendum.

”Around 100 women had recently been working Sihlquai, and that if the prostitutes do not want to go to the new drive-in there are two other sites in Zurich where they can legally work. Some 1200 women, mainly from Eastern Europe, have registered as sex workers last year in Switzerland's largest city,” said Cortesi.

The reports revealed that women were standing on street corners in little more than their underwear, and sometimes even less where one woman wiggled her naked behind at passing cars as a mother cycled past with her young child and a bag of groceries.

Michael Herzig, director of social services for sex workers in the city, said since the city could not ban prostitution altogether, they want to control it in favour of the sex workers and the population.

"Because if we do not control it, organised crime is taking over, and the pimps are taking over," he told AFP.

“The sex boxes have been built to make it easy for the passenger but difficult for the driver to get out of the car,” said Ursula Kocher, head of the Flora Dora support network for prostitutes.

Kocher stressed the dangers of street prostitution, pointing out that clients can drive anywhere with the prostitutes, who have no protection if the situation turns violent.
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