Zurich officials are trying to imply a brand new innovative method to regulate prostitution by introducing ‘sex boxes’ as discreet solicitation areas.
Local authorities plan to install the nine garage-style structures, in a former industrial zone in the west of the city.
The innovative way of regulation of prostitution within the borders of the country is scheduled to be be unveiled later this month at a cost of £1.5 million.
According to The Telegraph, the sex boxes will be in use daily, from early evening until 5am and will be allowed for use only for car drivers. Pedestrians and men on motorbikes will be not allowed to use the service.
“The structures have been organised with typically Swiss precision,” the publication adds. “Drivers will have to follow a clearly marked route along which up to 40 prostitutes will be stationed.”
After drivers choose one of the women and she set a fee, they will drive into one of the wooden sheds, which feature numerous posters calling to use condomsto prevent AIDS and diseases.
The soon-to-be-introduced boxes are also equipped with panic alarms for emrgency situations, for example, when a prostute feels in danger from a client.
The new measure is one of those aimed to reduce incredibly high numbers of prostitutes plying their trade in residential areas and in the very sintres of cities, including a ban on soliciting along the Sihlquai river embankment.
According to a new legislation, drivers who solicit prostitutes outside three approved zones, including sex boxes, will have to pay fines of up to 450 francs (£310).
“We want to regulate prostitution because until now it was the law of the jungle,” said Michael Herzig, from Zurich’s social welfare department, when the initiative was announced.
“It was the pimps who decided the prices, for instance. We are trying to reach a situation which is better for the prostitutes themselves, for their health and security and also for people who live in Zurich.”
As The Daily Mail reveales, rhere has been constant conflict with prostitutes and Zurich residents in the past.
“This removes the problem and allows us to have a closer eye on the sex industry and its many problems,” confirmed a city spokesman.
The project which was estimated at about £1.4 million was approved by the local residents last year during a referendum.
By the way, prostitution in Switzerland was legalized with street workers obliged to pay a tax of five Swiss francs (£3.50) each night that they work.
Local authorities claim that the number of prostitutes working in Zurich had significantly increased in the course of recent years, with many of them coming from Eastern Europe, particularly Hungary.
Many Zurich prosititutes work because they have few other income options or because they are forced to. Street prostitutes are likely to become victims of human trafficking.
Back in 2010, several Zurich pimps were long-sentenced for extreme violence against their prostitutes.