Story by Jesse Wright
When one thinks of a drive-in, images often come up of cars crammed together outdoors, filled with arguing families fighting over stale popcorn and listening to films over their car radio.
Yet, in Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, the term “drive-in” is taking a whole new and erotic meaning.
According to CNN article “Switzerland: Zurich Launches ‘Sex Drive-ins,’” authorities are opening a new legal brothel in a former industrial zone in Sihlquai.
The brothel will be a nine garage-style structure equipped with alarm buttons and guards to ensure the safety of sex workers.
Patrons of the “drive-in” will have to drive up and follow a marked route to get to the area where customers and sex workers can discuss services and agree on a price.
Not surprisingly, this proposal has sparked.
Some people view the legalization of prostitution as positive step toward throwing off outdated social mores.
Others view it as further proof that western society is becoming more decadent and immoral. Others view it as the degradation and exploitation of women.
Drake Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion Alysa Mozak, said she is conflicted about the issue.
Mozak said that prostitution often sets up females as nothing more than objects of sexual desire.
However, she also states that related crimes often create an environment which makes the negatives associated with a particular crime worse.
“While I consider myself on the fence about the issue of prostitution being legal, I do realize that legalization can create a better environment for sex workers where they can be protected from violence and sexually transmitted diseases,” Mozak said. “I also believe that arresting sex workers is a form of victim blaming, so I am torn on the issue.”
Kylie Rush, President of Drake Students for Gender Equality (SAGE), said she approves of the facility in Switzerland.
“I think that it is great that Switzerland is taking steps to protect the health and well being of its sex workers,” Rush said.
Caleb Morgan, a coordinator for SAGE, is not so conflicted about the issue.
“Prostitution should be legal because the government should not make sexual acts between consenting adults illegal,” Morgan said. “Prostitution does not inherently harm anyone. In fact, if it was legalized sex work would be much safer for the workers involved.”
“It would also allow law enforcement to focus on stopping the non-consensual sex-trafficking industry that is still a global epidemic.”
Morgan also agreed with Rush that hatred of women often drives a society’s scorn of sex workers.
“People need to understand how their personal beliefs towards sex are shaped by our misogynistic culture. They also need to understand that their religiously based ethical code cannot be legally forced onto others.”