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The Swiss Sex Box



In Switzerland they do watches and cheese and chocolate, and very high prices for all of those things, but they also have prostitutes. Also probably very highly priced. It's a dangerous business, being a dame de la nuit (which is French for Lady of the Night. They speak French in Switzerland. Also German and Italian, but you can look those translations up on your own.)

To make it a little safer and slightly less horrendous, the Swiss have installed a series of "Drive-In Sex Boxes" to give the sex workers of Zurich somewhere to fellate businessmen out of the rain. 





The 9 wooden shanties, which look more like bus shelters than anything else, are placed at the end of a clearly marked driveway. Just before you get to the Sex Boxes you'll find 40 or so prostitutes (40! There's less choice in a box of Cadbury's Heroes) from which you can choose. Once you've made the decision on who will be riding you while staring off blankly into space like a dead eyed mannequin, they'll jump in the car (walk ups aren't allowed. Nor are motorbikes, but that's probably more health & safety than anything) and you'll park up in the Sex Box.



It's a much nicer, safer place for you to do your dirt and shed some cash. There are posters all over reminding you to bag up with a condom and also warning of the dangers of aids. Which sets the mood perfectly for a five minute handjob in the driver's seat of your Passat.


The Sex Boxes are also set up with alarms, so the dames de la nuit can whack on the sirens if someone gets a bit aggro or tries to go off the set menu.


"We want to regulate prostitution because until now it was the law of the jungle. It was the pimps who decided the prices, for instance." says Michael Herzig from the Zurich Social Welfare Authority, who is obviously tired of shelling out for some other guy's fur coats and gold canes. 
The Sex Boxes were approved by voters during a referendum last year, even though lots of men told their wives they'd voted NO. It's already legal to be, and also to hire, a prostitute in Switzerland. They even pay a kind of floor tax; five Swiss francs (£3.50 or so) for every night they work. 

Words by Gazz Wood

Gazz Wood is a writer from The Northern Film School at Leeds Met University. As well as writing for Wireless he can also be heard on the monthly podcast Possibly of Interest with TV Producer Howard Cohen and special guests from the world of British TV and Cinema, plus his own weekly show Gazz Wood Has A Podcast. He can also be followed on Twitter @GazzPH90