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Mon Aug 26, 2013, 05:45 PM

Swiss (publicly funded) "Sex Box" drive-in seeks to make prostitution safer.

Zurich opens drive-in 'sex boxes'
Swiss city aims to increase safety of sex workers and contain trade with doorless, alarmed buildings in a former industrial area
Associated Press in Zurich * The Guardian * Monday 26 August 2013

Switzerland has launched a novel experiment to make prostitution safer: publicly funded drive-in "sex boxes".

The teak-coloured wooden garages will be open for business from Monday for drive-in customers in a country where prostitution has been legal since 1942. The several dozen sex workers who are expected to use them will stand along a short road in a small, circular park where they can negotiate with clients. The park was built in a former industrial area nestled between a rail yard and the fence along a major highway.

The publicly funded facilities away from the city centre and open all night include bathrooms, lockers, small cafe tables and a laundry and shower. Men won't have to worry about video surveillance cameras, but the sex workers who will need a permit and pay a small tax will have a panic button and on-site social workers trained to look after them.



As far as Daniel Hartmann, a Zurich lawyer, is concerned, it's a win-win situation.

"Safety for the prostitutes. At least, it's a certain kind of a shelter for them. They can do their business, and I respect them," he said. "They do a great job, and they have better working conditions here They're not exposed to the bosses, to the pimps, in here."

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/26/zurich-drive-in-garages-prostitutes

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Reply Swiss (publicly funded) "Sex Box" drive-in seeks to make prostitution safer. (Original post)
99th_Monkey Aug 2013 OP
mike_c Aug 2013 #1
99th_Monkey Aug 2013 #4
seabeyond Aug 2013 #2
joeybee12 Aug 2013 #3
99th_Monkey Aug 2013 #5
joeybee12 Aug 2013 #6
Democracyinkind Aug 2013 #7
99th_Monkey Aug 2013 #10
joeybee12 Aug 2013 #16
Egalitarian Thug Aug 2013 #11
joeybee12 Aug 2013 #12
Marrah_G Aug 2013 #14
Marrah_G Aug 2013 #13
joeybee12 Aug 2013 #15
MrScorpio Aug 2013 #8
Alamuti Lotus Aug 2013 #9

Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2013, 05:53 PM

1. I have to admit, I saw the earlier headline about a "Swiss sex drive-in..."

...and thought it meant sex at drive in movies. You mean the Swiss have only just thought of that? Drive-ins were a mainstay of my teenage sex life, LOL.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 26, 2013, 06:08 PM

4. God Bless those old drive-ins.

yes, I know. me too.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2013, 05:55 PM

2. fuck. lets figure out how we can buy and use bodies and heal them at the same time....

because we are a people that demand we buy and use human beings, knowing how fucked up that is for a HUMAN BEING.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Mon Aug 26, 2013, 05:56 PM

3. I must be getting old...I see that bench and all I can think of is...

It doesn't look very comfortable.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 26, 2013, 06:09 PM

5. That was my reaction too.

Does not look very inviting at all. But then neither does
paying for sex.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 26, 2013, 06:16 PM

6. I need pillows and a comfortable mattress!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 06:54 AM

7. The benches are not for intercourse...

The boxes are designed in a way to prevent the john from exiting his car. All sex is supposed to take place in cars.

As a general comment, I applaud Zurich for actually trying something rather than just accept the misery.

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Response to Democracyinkind (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:02 PM

10. Ah that makes sense.

I'm glad they're trying new approaches too.

I actually wish all countries would just legalize prostitution anyway,
so things like this could be tried.

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Response to Democracyinkind (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:17 PM

16. Yikes, now I feel even older!

That makes it sound even more uncomfortable!

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:04 PM

11. Not old, just experienced enough to know better. How many people saw From Here to Eternity

 

and thought sex on the beach looked like a great idea?

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #11)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:05 PM

12. Oh, the rashes!

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #11)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:07 PM

14. Sand in sensitive spots = pain

I had a friend who though sex in the ocean was a good idea. She was wrong.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:06 PM

13. I look at it and see the bodily fluids of hundreds.....ewwww

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #13)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 01:16 PM

15. Not for the squeamish!

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 07:15 AM

8. Whatever you do, DON'T google pics and vids of "Sex Box"

Trust me.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Tue Aug 27, 2013, 07:21 AM

9. Good idea; I don't quite agree with the doorless structure, but I understand the security arguments

 

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