Zurich, Switzerland, where prostitution has been legal since 1942, launched an experimental program of garage-like “sex boxes” to make the sex trade less of a public nuisance and safer for women, reports the Associated Press. The open wooden garages are available for use by drive-in customers. Sex workers will stand along a short road in a small, circular park for clients to choose from and negotiate with.
The park was built in a former industrial area between a rail yard and a major highway. The publicly funded facilities — open all night — include bathrooms, lockers, small cafe tables and a laundry and shower. The sex workers, who will need a permit and pay a small tax, will be provided with a panic button and on-site social workers. Voters in Zurich approved spending up to $2.6 million on the project last year as a way of relocating the sex traffic away from a busy downtown area.