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Published on August 10th, 2011 | by CCAT

What do Zurich’s Drive-In Sex Boxes Mean for Trafficked Women?

According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, the city of Zurich has come up with a plan to get the prostitutes off the streets.

An area of the city will be used as premises for a row of ‘sex boxes’ – garage-type facilities where clients will be able to drive in, park, and be serviced.
According to the social welfare department, this will make the streets safer and the chance of attack on prostitutes and harassment by pimps will decrease.
They claim that the boxes will be attractive to prostitutes, despite their location (next to a rail depot).
However, I wonder if it will also be very attractive to traffickers?  Surely the potential of having the prostitutes hidden away would mean that it could be even easier to offer some of the services currently frequented by trafficked women – e.g. cheap, unprotected sex and underage workers.  And the rail depot will mean that it is easy for the traffickers to move their victims on if they are tracked by police.  I wonder if the social welfare department have considered this in their plan to make the streets safer?
What do you think?


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