Residents of the Swiss city of Zurich will vote Sunday on whether to build dedicated garages where prostitutes can ply their trade, in a proposal
aimed at moving streetwalkers away from residential zones.
Proponents for the Zurich referendum want a parking zone built for prostitutes by 2013 at the entrance to the city.
The site would be open from 7pm to 5am, and would have an alley where prostitutes and clients can cruise along and garages where they can carry out their transaction.
The site will be shielded from sight by signs, be fitted with showers and toilets and will feature a gynaecologist for any medical problems and volunteers from the Flora Dora women's group for any advice.
The proposed site aims to eliminate area's like Zurich's Sihlquai area, where about 60 streetwalkers work every night.
There is a lot of competition along Sihlquai, where many women go with their clients to the backyards of buildings, creating a difficult situation for residents who have to put up with the noise and disorder, said Ursula Kocher, who heads Flora
Kocher said that the proposal had the support of the prostitutes themselves, as it could offer better security.
As the parking site would be under the authority of the municipality, officials can get rid of overly aggressive clients, said Kocher.
Update: Voted Yes
12th March 2012. See
A proposal to construct what have locally been referred to as sex boxes for prostitutes got the green light from referendum voters in Zurich.
The plan would see the creation of special parking spaces with walls between them where sex workers can ply their trade away from suburban areas in Switzerland's biggest city.