Switzerland opens drive-thru sex boxes for prostitutesBy Mason White 9:30 AM August 19, 2013
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By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) Those seeking the services of a so-called safer prostitute can now do so in Switzerland as the government opened regulated sex boxes.
The drive-thru sex boxes was officially opened this week, as part of an initiative by the Zurich authorities to regulate prostitution, combat pimping and improve the safety of sex workers.
The nine garage style structures, located in a former industrial area in the west of the city, have been organized with typical Swiss precision.
Drivers will have to follow a clearly marked path, which will be staffed with 40 prostitutes.
Once you have chosen one of the women and negotiated a fee, you will head towards one of the wooden huts, which are adorned with posters advocating the use of condoms and an AIDS risk warning.
Sex boxes are equipped with alarms that prostitutes can turn on if they feel in danger of a client.
The place is open only to cars, while pedestrians and motorcycles are not allowed. The sex boxes will operate from evening until 5:00 am every day.
Sex boxes are one of the measures to reduce the large number of prostitutes plying their trade in residential areas and the city center.
Men seeking street workers outside the three new authorized areas, will face fines of up to $500.
“We want to regulate prostitution, because until now, it was the law of the jungle,” Michael Herzig of the social welfare department of Zurich said.
“They were these pimps who decided the prices, for example. We’re trying to get to a situation that is best for the prostitutes themselves, for their health and safety, while people living in Zurich will also benefit,” he said.
Zurich authorities said the number of prostitutes working in the city has increased dramatically in recent years, and many of them are from Eastern Europe, especially Hungary.