Hook­ers’ sex boxes de­clared a suc­cess

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SO- CALLED “sex boxes” where hook­ers can romp with clients have been de­clared a suc­cess.

The Swiss city of Zurich in­stalled the booths five years ago af­ter res­i­dents gave the idea the thumbs- up in a lo­cal ref­er­en­dum.

Last week the city’s so­cial ser­vices depart­ment said there had been no case of se­ri­ous in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence re­ported at the site in the west of the city.

The boxes are equipped with safety alarms and author­i­ties had said they wanted to pro­vide sex work­ers with a place where they could ply their trade safely.

Be­fore the sex boxes were in­tro­duced, pros­ti­tutes gath­ered on the river­side Sih­lquai area near Zurich’s main rail­way sta­tion, and vi­o­lence was a daily re­al­ity.

The boxes are un­der 24- hour sur­veil­lance and fea­ture fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a laun­dry, shower and café.

Hook­ers us­ing the fa­cil­ity must get a per­mit and pay tax.

Pros­ti­tu­tion is le­gal in Switzer­land but sex work­ers are re­quired to regis­ter with mu­nic­i­pal author­i­ties and get reg­u­lar health checks.

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