Men seeking the comfort of a prostitute in Zurich will soon have a designated place to get it on with their paid paramours.
In an effort to make street prostitution safer for both sex workers and customers, authorities in the Swiss city have rolled out a series of drive-in “sex boxes,” set to open for business Aug. 26.
Located along a clearly marked path, the drive-in structures are for car customers only.
The nine wooden sheds are located in a former industrial area of the city. They will be staffed with up to 40 prostitutes and open during designated nighttime and early morning hours, The Telegraph reported.
The drive-in booths outside the city center are set to open Aug. 26.
Adorned with posters promoting condom use and AIDS awareness, and equipped with alarms that can be activated in case of danger, the bare-bones garages hold space for a car and little else. They are for car customers only; men on foot or on motorbikes are not allowed.
The boxes are part of an effort to regulate street prostitution and improve the prostitutes’ working conditions, authorities said.
While prostitution is legal in Switzerland, Zurich men will no longer be allowed to solicit sex workers outside the group of boxes or two other approved zones.
The 1.4 million-Euro initiative is part of an effort to bestow some order Switzerland’s growing sex trade, with an eye toward protecting workers while also keeping them away from the city center and residential neighborhoods.