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article image'Sex drive-in' hailed as a success in Switzerland

By Mike Rossi     Sep 1, 2014 in World
Zurich - A government-backed experiment in legal prostitution may forever change the sex industry in Switzerland, if not greater Europe.
Last year, Swiss legislators decided to set up what effectively amounts to a drive-in brothel in an old industrial neighborhood in west Zurich, in an attempt to relocate the city's sex workers from more popular parts of town.
The drive-thru, as it has come to be known, consists of wooden "sex boxes" where both male and female escorts can practice their craft in privacy.
Though by no means comfortable, the bare-bones, garage-like structures include garbage cans, wooden "work" benches and space for clients to park their vehicles. Most importantly, each drive-in shack contains a panic button should the need arise.
Boxes aside, the facility at-large also consists of a cafe, laundry mat and bathroom facilities — including showers.
All told, the program cost taxpayers about $2.5 million dollars to set up.
In exchange for the freedom to work unencumbered and use the facilities, the workers must obtain a state-issued permit, as well as pay a nightly tax roughly equivalent to $5 USD.
So far, citizens, politicians and prostitutes seem pleased with the initial results, though some workers feel the location of their "office" unfairly constricts earning potential — the boxes are nowhere near the city's main nightclubs and bars.
The "drive-in" averages around 15 employees per evening.
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