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Switzerland entered a treaty with the European Union to import workers, seeking more bankers, managers, and academics. What it got was an influx of prostitutes….


Prostitution is legal in Switzerland, and its residents have the world’s highest purchasing power, according to a study published in December by UBS AG. Prostitutes from the European Union don’t need a work permit for the first three months of residence and can offer their services as self-employed workers, provided they register with police and comply with tax laws.


The lack of restrictions, combined with the country’s wealth, has pushed the number of prostitutes per capita in Zurich to the highest among industrialized countries, a city employee heading a project for improvement of the Langstrasse area, Zurich’s red-light district, Rolf Vieli, said. Based on police figures, Zurich has about 11 prostitutes per 1,000 people, similar to the rate in Amsterdam, known for its sex trade.


Prostitutes must register with city authorities and health authorities and get regular health checks.


Brothel Ownership has been Legalized in Switzerland 1992.

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Guest Swiss escorts
Looks like Swiss people are a little bit naughty if you believe this article. We all know Germans are very dirty in bedroom, but looks like their neighbours are also!!!
Swiss Culture: Swiss Sex & Prostitution
The 2005 Durex Sex Survey proved what many may have long suspected - Swiss people have sex in pretty much the same ways as people in the rest of Europe.
According to the survey, the Swiss have sex an average of 104 times per year, which makes them slightly more active than the inhabitants of co-hosts Austria, but 38% of Swiss respondents still wish they could have sex more frequently.
17% said they had had a one night stand, 40% had had anal sex, and 22% had been involved in some kind of bondage. This makes them slightly less kinky than North Americans and British, and roughly similar to Scandinavians.
In comparison with most European countries they are relatively unlikely to use vibrators, but only Canadians are more into massage oils and lotions than the Swiss.
Of all the Europeans, only Germans are less likely than Swiss to have had sex in their parents' bedroom, in this respect Swiss are on a par with Malaysians. 42% of Swiss claim to have had sex in a park, and 38% have had sex on the beach, which is quite impressive for a land-locked country.
Switzerland legalised prostitution in 1992, but it was not until 1998 that the first legal brothel, called 'Petite Fleur' was opened in Zurich. In the intervening years similar attempts had been stopped by local campaigners, people were happy to legalise prostitution but no one wanted to live next to a brothel. 'Petite Fleur' (meaning small flower) had 30 rooms which it rented out to prostitutes by the day.
Nowadays prostitutes pay VAT, and some even take credit cards. Adverts can be found in the back of tabloid newspapers.
Legalising prostitution means that the trade can be more easily regulated, ensuring regular health check-ups for sex workers, and making the job safer for them.
Campaigners who wanted prostitution to stay illegal claim that the number of prostitutes in Switzerland has increased since the law changed, and in 1999 the Zurich based newspaper Blick claimed that Switzerland had the highest density of brothels in all of Europe.
One problem is that only Swiss citizens are officially allowed to engage in prostitution, whereas in reality a very high proportion of prostitutes are from Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Far East.
It could be argued that for these people the trade remains almost as dangerous as before. They could face deportation if caught by the police so they are unlikely to report abuse and some are afraid to go to Swiss hospitals for sexual health check-ups.
Tantramassage, a New Age form of massage blending elements of Yoga and Sex Therapy, is increasingly popular in Switzerland.
Although it claims to be non-sexual, and the client is totally passive, it invariably includes genital massage, and clients are likely to climax during their hour and a half long, 'non-sexual' massage.
A good genital massage supposedly serves the purpose of helping sexual energy flow through the body, which is vitalizing and good for the health. In tantramassage, massage of the male and female genitalia is known as 'lingam' and 'yoni' respectively.
A tantramassage including 'lingam' will probably cost you in the region of 100-200 Euros for 90 minutes.
Critics point to the lack of any scientific basis to the theories behind tantramassage, and suggest that a spiritual tantramassage with lingam to stimulate healthy sexual energy is not much different from a good rubdown and a trip to the bathroom with a copy of 'Dicke Frauen'.


Robert Easton Source: soccerphile.com


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Ticino's brothels profit from Italy clampdown


September 15, 2008 Source swissinfo.ch


Tough new measures introduced in Italy have sent many customers across the border to brothels in Switzerland.

Prostitution is currently booming in Ticino, Switzerland's Italian speaking canton. But many of the girls involved are illegal. The authorities say they are keeping a close eye on the situation.

Half a dozen brothels line the road that links the north and south of the canton at Monte Ceneri. The establishments are doing brisk business, to which the stream of visitors attests.


"There are more brothels here than houses," remarks a young army recruit who has been posted to the Ceneri barracks.


Apart from a few Swiss soldiers and the odd local, most of the clients here and at other Ticino brothels are Italian – as can be seen by the huge number of cars with Italian number plates.


Some places in the Lugano and Chiasso region, further south, have an even greater density of brothels. The small village of Melano (population: 1,000) alone has four.


Cross-border sex commuters are attracted by the closeness to the A2 motorway through the canton, the standards of comfort, security and hygiene and the competitive prices.


The Italian media have long been talking about the "Ticino phenomenon". The prestigious La Stampa newspaper went so far as to describe the canton in an August article as "a brothel paradise" and "Mecca of luxury", while highlighting establishments' "discrete charm".


Italy clampdown


Clients may enjoy a certain freedom in Ticino but the same cannot be said for Italy. Brothels have been illegal there for 50 years, which has led to a rise in street prostitution.


The government, anxious to change the situation, issued a clampdown decree at the beginning of this year.


In Lombardy, which borders Ticino, the authorities have decided to issue a €500 (SFr796) fine to kerb crawlers.


And in Milan police have stepped up patrols of red light districts. Video surveillance and the internet are also being employed.


Swiss police believe that the Lombardy situation could have consequences for Ticino.


"We don't have any precise data yet but border regions are certainly going to have an influx of visitors from Italy," said Alex Serfilippi, an inspector with a special unit which fights the proliferation of prostitution in the canton.

Brisk business

In the week in which swissinfo visited Ticino, two new establishments announced that they were opening for business – adding to the 37 places already in operation in the canton.


The sex business adapts quickly to the needs of its clients and to offer and demand, say experts. "We only need to be absorbed by a big enquiry for a few days to see an immediate upsurge in the number of girls in the area," explained Serfilippi.


"We keep applying pressure every day as it's the only way of stopping the phenomenon from growing even further," he added.


The prostitution boom is a godsend for some of the area's hotel and restaurant owners who have seen better days. Some have converted their businesses into brothels, complete with champagne bar and rooms for hire.


On average between five and 20 girls work in these types of establishments. Most come from eastern Europe, with a third coming from Latin America. 


"We have recently seen a massive increase in the number of Romanians," added Serfilippi.

Illegal girls

The police officer estimates that there is a maximum of 600 prostitutes in the canton, of whom between 60 per cent and 80 per cent are illegal.


Added to this are the dozens of saunas and massage parlours which each employ one or two young women.


Since 2002 a total of 490 people have signed up to the cantonal prostitution register.


"It's unfortunately extremely difficult, if not impossible, to provide precise figures for this very fluid milieu," said Serfilippo.


The crime expert and journalist Michel Venturelli believes that south of the Alps the number of prostitutes could be as high as 1,200.


Venturelli has produced several studies and documentaries on the subject. He recently launched a special website for sex workers wanting to legalise their status.


He wants to promote it as an "efficient tool and ethical consumption of sex" in response to what he has called "repressive" police strategies.


Switzerland and Italy


The Ticino cantonal government has mandated a working group to look into the prostitution situation in the canton. The canton may well soon ask the federal government for temporary residence permits for sex workers from outside the European community.


Canton Vaud, in the French-speaking part of the country, could follow on – 30 cantonal politicians have signed a motion along the same lines.


The sex business is estimated to generate SFr3.7 billion ($3.3 billion) in Switzerland.


In Italy a politician launched a referendum at the end of May on reopening brothels in the form of cooperatives.


And Europe


Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland are among the most tolerant countries concerning prostitutes and their clients.


In France brothels were outlawed in 1946 following a law which allowed the world's oldest profession to be carried out on the streets.


Sweden has the strictest rules for kerb crawlers. 


In Greece prostitutes have to sign a register and undergo regular medical tests.

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