Zurich opens drive in prostitution locations

Prostitue illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

(Scroll down for video) Drive in prostitution locations are now be available in Zurich, Switzerland, according to press reports.

The Zurich city council, has approved the plan to build sex boxes, which they hope will provide a quiet place for prostitutes and their customers to do business.

Located in an industrial area of the city, the row of sex box garages comes with a roof and walls for privacy and easy access for cars. The council estimates that about 30 prostitutes will meet with customers in the boxes, and use the units at the base on a first come, first served basis.

"The big difference is that until now there has been prostitution in public places," Michael Herzig, head of the social welfare department of Zurich, said. "Now we changed this. We will move the prostitutes off the street to a private space in a former industrial area, which belongs to the city. This gives us the possibility to define the rules of prostitution in this area."

Opening the sex boxes is a major reform of prostitution laws in the Swiss city. Prostitution will be banned in certain areas of Zurich where it has taken hold, which led to local complaints about women being harassed in the streets and the activities of pimps.

Prostitutes who use sex boxes will also have to purchase health insurance and buy a £26 license to ply their trade. Besides that, they will also need to feed five francs, about £3.30, into a ticket machine near the location every night, as the clock in for work.