It is 10 o'clock in the morning when the gate to the asphalt opens in Zurich Altstetten. For prostitutes and clients, the course is accessible from 7 pm. Sunday to Wednesday to 3, Thursday to Saturday until 5 o'clock in the morning. Until 2016, the site was open seven days a week until 5 am. On average, 20 to 25 women a night here.
Ursula Kocher, head of women's guidance Flora Dora, can not say with certainty how many suitors come every day: "We do not count the suitors, sometimes they drive every minute in the area, there is sometimes a queue for the speakers." also quieter times. Supply and demand would keep each other in balance. According to Kocher, the number of seasonal influences fluctuates, but they are generally stable.
The sex workers are mostly women from Eastern Europe. With legal confirmation of registration, these remain for up to 90 days on the stroke area. Since this year free trial on the bike or the Töff have been admitted to the dashboard. So far the experiment went smoothly, so Kocher.
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In the past five years, street prostitution has taken place in the twelve car and standing boxes on the site. The city attracts a positive balance – in two ways. With the shift from the Sihlquai road to the outskirts of the city, emissions for the urban population and violence against sex workers could be reduced.
In addition to Kocher, this conclusion is also confirmed by Andi Merz, head of the Department of Community and Sexual Crimes of the City Police of Zurich: "In the Sihlquai times there were relatively often violent crimes such as serious bodily injury or rape," says the policeman. This problem is mitigated by the teat line in Altstetten in Zurich. For since the opening there were no serious cases of violence.
When the police is called, according to Merz, it is mainly arbitration with payment differences. The city police checked punctually on the teat line whether the sex workers have the legal confirmation. "With the police that both freelancers and sex workers, we stay here as short as necessary," says Merz.
The fact that the safety of prostitutes on the ground has improved is due to the permanent presence of the Flora Dora staff and the municipal security service SIP Züri, who ensure that the regulations are complied with. The municipal operating costs amount to approximately 800,000 francs annually. The prostitutes would appreciate the protection against potentially violent suitors, as Kocher says: "In addition, they do not fall victim to the public display, as at the time of the Sihlquai strike," says Kocher. In the Flora Dora consultation pavilion on the site, women find a place of withdrawal and information. There are health consultations, a medical consultation, warnings for violent fraternities and help with crises.
In the summer of 2013 the teat cup was launched in Zürich-Altstetten, now the city of Zurich has a positive balance. The offer protects the sex workers against violence and exploitation and also contributes to the close cooperation of various professional organizations to combat human trafficking and to promote compliance with the rules on safe sex.
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On average Flora Dora can give up to 100 indications every year to potential victims of trafficking by building up a relationship of trust with prostitutes from the urban police. So you have repeatedly been able to free sex workers from exploitation situations. "We were able to help some women get out of prostitution here," continues Kocher.
Despite the consistently positive balance the city draws, the sex industry is not free of problems. Although the working conditions of the sex workers improved thanks to the infrastructure on the asphalt, they said: "The street painting is only a small part of the sex work.The sex industry is still struggling with problems such as price pressure, legal requirements and the stigmatization of the activity», says Kari-Anne Mey of the Zurich City Mission In addition to the City Services and the Zurich City Mission, the FIZ Center for Women and Women Migration and the Zurich Aids-Hilfe support the cooperation and education at the sports hall.
From 2030 a tram depot VBZ can come to the area. "There are no planning scenarios for this time horizon yet," says Nadeen Schuster, spokesperson for social institutions and companies in the city of Zurich.