One year after the Swiss government opened a series of drive-in “sex boxes” for prostitutes, officials are declaring the experiment a success.
When the city of Zurich began heavily regulating street-side prostitution in the center of the city, social services had to come up with a new solution.
The sex boxes, which opened last August in an industrial part of the city, are a block of drive-in rooms closely monitored by police.
In order to claim a stall, prostitutes must pay a tax and have the correct permits. Women who work at the facility have access to a small café, showers and beds.
Zurich social services released a positive account of the year-long experiment.
The first year of the service has been positive… The new regulation of street prostitution has attained its objectives of protecting the population and the sex workers.
Officials also said that the drive-in brothel hasn’t created an extreme increase in the number of prostitutes working, either. About 15 women work every night, which is reportedly half the number that had once walked the city center.
The sex boxes cost Zurich about $2.6 million to run, which is more than they had originally anticipated, reports the AFP.
Some prostitutes have boycotted the drive-in, protesting its remote location. But Switzerland plans to continue its goal of keeping sex workers healthy, safe and employed.
H/T: The Guardian