European city opens sex drive-in

Zurich officials hope the new facility will move prostitution off the streets and into a defined area.

By Kim Peterson Aug 16, 2013 1:32PM
A prostitute poses for a photographer in a sex salon in Switzerland. (© Adrian Moser/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Officials in Zurich have struggled for years with how to handle prostitution, which is legal in Switzerland.

Now the city thinks it has the answer: a sex drive-in. The so-called sex boxes, in a former industrial zone west of the main part of the city, can station 40 prostitutes, Swiss newspaper The Local reports.

Here's how it works: The site is open only to drivers from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The drivers pass through a gate and follow a marked route with prostitutes along the road. After the driver and the prostitute have negotiated a rate, they proceed to a "car-wash style" box.

The city has spared no effort to make the $2.2 million site pleasant, with grassy areas and decorative lights, The Local reports.

Zurich residents are tired of seeing prostitutes around streets in the main areas of the city, and officials hope a welcoming drive-in will move the sex trade away. The site has some perks for prostitutes, too, including alarms in each box in case the police need to be summoned quickly.

Voters approved the sex drive-in last year. Officials are cracking down on the sex trade, requiring prostitutes to get work permits and health insurance, The Local reports. They must also pay a tax of 5 Swiss francs, or about $5, for each night of work.

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Aug 16, 2013 2:48PM
The prostitutes have to pay a tax of 5 Swiss francs each night they work. In essence, the government is now their pimp. Nice.
Aug 16, 2013 2:24PM
Aug 19, 2013 2:04AM
That's a 2.2 million dollar facility for $5 a night.  Wonder what they do for the homeless?
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