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Publicly funded drive-in sex booths where prostitutes work legally in Zurich are hail
08-31-2018, 04:43 AM
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Publicly funded drive-in sex booths where prostitutes work legally in Zurich are hail
USA TODAY 8/24/2018 highlights
Each night, a beeline of cars forms on the way to a drive-in in this Swiss city’s Strichplatz area, but the customers are not lining up for fast food. Rather, they are waiting for a service of another kind: to spend time with the prostitutes plying their trade in one of Zurich’s famous “sex boxes.”

Legal 'sex booths' where customers take their cars and 'drive-in' to meet prostitutes have been deemed a 'resounding success' by city officials in Zurich, Switzerland.

The booths, which look like garages, celebrate their fifth anniversary on Sunday after 52 per cent of Zurich citizens voted in favour of the local government spending $2million (£1,557,020) on 'sex boxes' in 2012.

The site is regulated with a Swiss-clock precision: Maps show how to find the area and which way to drive by following arrows painted on the road. The premises are open for business from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the week and until 5 a.m. on weekends.

Prostitution has been legal in Switzerland since the 1940s and is considered like any other service industry. The Swiss have taken this pragmatic approach to prevent exploitation, sexually transmitted diseases, links with criminal networks and other problems common in countries where sex commerce is banned.

The government spends $800,000 (£623,000) each year maintaining the booths, which includes security and on-site social services.

The sex workers pay taxes, have regular health checks and are healthier overall, officials say.

In 2014, more improvements were made to the booths, including 'plank beds' for people who wanted to leave their cars.

Like many drive-ins, motorbikes and bicylces are allowed, but those on foot aren't. Pedestrians are told to go to another part of the city.

Once the customers arrive, one of the 24 women working agree a price and go to the booth, which is not monitored but has an emergency alarm for safety.

To work in Zurich, prostitutes must fill out a permit request, which is available on the town’s website in several languages, including English.

The Daily Mail has a lot of pictures and is crediting the original article in USA Today - at

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