Swiss Sex Boxes

August 31, 2013
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Swiss Sex Boxes

Swiss Sex Boxes

Prostitution has been legal in Switzerland since 1942 and Swiss law means that prostitutes have to operate like any other business, are regulated and controlled. That doesn’t mean that there’s no embarrassment when it comes to procuring the services of one of Switzerland’s legal sex workers.

The boxes are aimed mainly at making the lives of the prostitutes easier and more importantly safer. Each of the wooden sheds has a panic button, shower, laundry facilities and access to contraception, counselling and health-checks. Making the oldest profession in the world a less risky one seems to be the primary aim of this taxpayer funded initiative.

By encouraging prostitutes to use these private but safe locations the authorities are also ensuring that the legendarily clean and tidy streets of Switzerland are free from the sex worker and their customers. It will mean that  instead of retreating to secluded car parks or wooded areas business transactions can be conducted in surroundings which are safe and out of the public eye.

The nine large drive-in boxes, two smaller walk-in ones and the camper vans on site have cost 2 million Swiss Francs to set up and have come in for criticism for simply moving the red light districts from the town centre to the outskirts. However supporters of the project point out that the welfare of the workers will be improved and it will make monitoring of workers in terms of human trafficking easier. Of course it is debatable whether trafficked sex workers from the Far East and Eastern Europe would be allowed to work in such a controlled environment by the criminal gangs who exploit them.