Switzerland is known for many things: chocolate, watches, blonde hair, fondue, finance and now, drive-in brothels. Zürich, Switzerland's largest city, kicked off the drive-in brothel program a year ago, and is now claiming it's a resounding success.

City authorities set up the drive-ins in an old industrial site west of the city, The Guardian reports. Complete with drive-in "sex boxes," the facilities provide streetwalkers with a safer, more private setting than their typical spot in the city center, and even offer shower facilities and a café. The only catch? Workers need to pay for permits and pay taxes.

"The new regulation of street prostitution has attained its objectives of protecting the population and the sex workers," the city said in a statement.

The Guardian reports that, on average, about 15 workers are at the brothels each night. That's half the number that frequented the city's old red light district, while the other two city districts that tolerate sex work haven't noticed an increase in traffic.

Issues? There are a couple. Prostitutes have complained they're making less money and that they're too far from the bars and clubs that populate the city center, The Guardian reports, while the cost of operating the facility has also been higher than expected, at $2.6 million since it opened in August 2013. The facility's neighbors, meanwhile, have told the city they haven't been bothered by the goings on next door.

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      Christopher Burns
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      Dennis Wingfield
      • 1 Year Ago

      Slow news day? This story has no place on Autoblog.

        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dennis Wingfield

        Sex in cars... drivethru... ya, that's car related.    I recommend leather seats. 

        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dennis Wingfield

        Maybe the article didn't explained how the sex boxes works. The only way to have sex is in your own car. The only way to arrive there is with your car. There are cameras and once you are in the box, you can't open the doors because the boxes are really small, all for the security of the girls.

        If you don't have a car, you will not be able to get one of those girls ;)

      Larry Litmanen
      • 1 Year Ago *Edited*

      I did not check who wrote this story but i suspected it was Turkus and it was.

      • 1 Year Ago

      Kind of sad really. When I think of the women in my family, I cannot imagine any of them in this situation. I would do anything to protect them from a life like this. 

      All these women are peoples sisters, moms, wife's, aunties.. really sad. 

        • 1 Year Ago

        Why are so many people uptight about sex?

          • 1 Year Ago

          It's not uptight about sex. It's about putting your health, dignity, and safety at risk by having sex with many people you don't know. Think about it for a moment. You have sex with people that may be under the influence of something horrible, they may have a contagious disease, they may be violent. I don't need to go on. If you don't get it, maybe you should try it. Then you'll get it.

      • 1 Year Ago

      This program has been in place in The Netherlands for about 20 years now.

      • 1 Year Ago

      Europe already figured out years ago that you can't stop prostitution, but you can protect the women, remove exploitation, and improve public health by legalizing and giving the women police protection and regulation with regular health checks.

      • 1 Year Ago

      Greetings from Zurich. Those boxes are NOT a success. They've driven away customers and therefore the hookers. Do you want to be recorded driving into a sex box with your car? By your government (promoting this kind of sex consumption)?

      No, it is N-O-T a success. But at least it cost a lot of money to set up those boxes. 

      Taxpayer's money, that is....

      • 1 Year Ago

      I quit having sex in my car when I turned 19.

      • 1 Year Ago

      Got my click!

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