LOS ANGELES – Switzerland’s largest city on Monday launched a new dimension in drive-thru services: prostitution.
In an effort to move the sex trade from central Zurich’s banking and business districts, city officials have built a cluster of garagelike “sex boxes.” A motorist in search of a tryst can troll past a sidewalk lined with licensed hookers and drive the one of his choosing to the relative privacy accorded by three wooden walls.
Zurich officials and business leaders led the campaign to create the new car-sex complex to better protect prostitutes.
From 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., anyone with a car can cruise into the wooded park sandwiched between a rail yard and a freeway, negotiate a price with one of up to 40 prostitutes plying the sidewalk, and park in one of the nine tarpaulin-covered garages.
To gain access to the new park’s sidewalk – or to legally ply their trade anywhere in the city – prostitutes must have a Swiss work permit, health insurance and a sex-worker license that costs about $43 a year.