The organizations also reject excessive regulation of the sector. “Escalating bureaucratic demands also contribute to allowing prostitutes to descend into illegality, which contributes to their marginalization,” Schweizer says. The abolitionist moral societies that emerged in the late 19th century continued to fight for the criminalization and repressive persecution of prostitution in the 20th century (see Jenzer 2014). [64] Among them was the International Federation for the Abolition of Prostitution (FAI), founded in Geneva in 1875 at the initiative of Josephine Butler, which held a world congress in 1990 at the Palais des Nations at UN headquarters in Geneva. In addition, there was your national section Swiss Women`s Federation for the Elevation of Morality (SFHS) with regional subsections, as well as the International Association of Friends of Young Girls, founded in Neuchâtel in 1877, which still exists today under the later name of Compagna. “The Association of German-speaking Switzerland. Women`s associations for the elevation of morality were called evang from 1921. Frauenhilfe and joined the Evangelical Federation of Swiss Women (EFS) in 1947,”[65] which changed its name to Evangelische Frauen Switzerland (EFS) in 2007. Prostitution has been legal in Switzerland since 1942. The (voluntary) exercise is considered a kind of independent operation of a business, which also includes the tax liability. Thus, all the rules must be respected, from the work permit to the residence permit and the declaration of activity to the cantonal authority. The government also wants to abolish the short-term residence permit for cabaret dancers (L permit), which allows women from non-European countries to work as striptease dancers in Switzerland.

According to the Federal Council, this status does not sufficiently protect women because they are sometimes forced into prostitution illegally. In 2010, the Swiss government signed the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. The ratification requires raising the minimum legal age of prostitution to 18. In the summer of 2012, the government submitted a corresponding draft revision of the law to parliament. The two Houses of Parliament have not yet addressed this issue. What is the future of prostitution in Switzerland? Many Swiss organizations continue to protect the legality of sex work in the country with the slogan “Sex work is work”. Their main arguments are as follows: in 2013, “sex boxes” were built in the Altstetten district of Zurich (such as Strichplatz Depotweg) and a street where street prostitution was allowed was closed. [5] In the same year, street prostitutes in Zurich had to buy night permits from a vending machine in the area for 5 francs. [6] On the opening day of the first sex drive-in in Switzerland, August 26, 2013 in Zurich, a sign can be seen to remove prostitution from the streets of the city. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI Yes, prostitution is legal in Switzerland.

This surprises many foreigners who see the country as a conservative nation of dairy farmers and buttoned-up bankers; But Switzerland has long adhered to the social-liberal values and free thought of its citizens. Not only is prostitution legal, but it is considered a form of independent economic activity – taxed and regulated as much as any industry in Switzerland. Sex workers must have health insurance and work visas to apply for the necessary permits from the government. Most importantly, sex workers must declare that they are voluntarily entering the field; Everything else is considered human trafficking. On the other hand, sex workers, usually in cooperation with regional organizations, hold smaller public gatherings at irregular intervals, particularly on International Sex Workers` Rights Day on 3 March, International Day on 21 June, International Pride of Sex Workers on 14 September, or the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Sex Workers on 17 September. December. In addition, sex workers participated in LGBTQI Pride in French Switzerland as well as rallies for the Day of Remembrance of Transphobia Victims on November 20, International Women`s Day or Labour Day. As a symbol of the broader movement and movement for sex workers` rights, red umbrellas were present from 2006. Gatherings also included: general trends have been and are observed again and again for individual areas of prostitution or categories of prostitutes; Like what. The Federal Office of Police (BAP) stated in 1999: “In Switzerland, there is an increasing number of clubs and salons where more than 95% of women – disguised as tourists – prostitute themselves illegally.” [14] The concrete figures on the number of prostitutes and their clients or the proportion of women among them are only estimates: And while a generation of sex workers in Switzerland left in droves during the pandemic, there always seems to be a new group of young people looking to enter the profession.

This leads me to believe that Swiss prostitution laws will not change, at least for the foreseeable future. Switzerland is first and foremost a destination and, to a lesser extent, a transit country for women, children and transgender people who are victims of sex trafficking. Foreign victims of trafficking come mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, including Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria, and an increasing number of them come from Nigeria and Thailand. The victims also come from China, Brazil, Cameroon and the Dominican Republic. The number of victims among asylum seekers continues to rise. The women victims among the asylum-seekers came from Nigeria, Eritrea and Ethiopia and were often forced into prostitution. Male victims among asylum-seekers came mainly from Eritrea and Afghanistan and were exploited in prostitution. [23] Prostitution in Switzerland is a legal trade. This applies both to supply and consumption and to the operation of brothels, often called salons or more generally establishments.

“Switzerland is one of the most liberal countries when it comes to prostitution”[1], where prostitution and its framework conditions are highly regulated. Since the late 1990s, electronic media have diversified the possibilities of contact for sexual services, which has reduced the proportion of street prostitution visible in the industry as a whole. In large cities, the so-called red quarter is traditionally associated with certain districts, such as Zurich with the Langstrassenquartier, Geneva with Les Pâquis[2] or Basel with the Klingental. [3] Culturally, Switzerland is no exception: “The attitude of European culture towards prostitution is characterized by ambivalence and ambiguity: whether it is legally authorized, simply tolerated or prohibited, it is at the same time banned in the dark areas of society, but accepted as a necessity or an evidence within it.” [4] The video campaign succeeded in sparking a conversation in almost all Swiss media. However, it has failed to change sex work laws. In addition, a Swiss NGO that had initially supported the Swedish campaign – Frauenzentrale Zürich – later sent a correction, claiming that banning prostitution had never been their goal. What they wanted to achieve instead was a shift to the so-called Swedish model. These include the Office for Trafficking in Women and Women`s Migration (FIZ).

According to Executive Director Lelia Hunziker, banning the purchase of sexual services does not offer any better protection against sexual violence. This would be demonstrated by experience and reports. “On the contrary, the ban on the purchase of sexual services pushes the sex trade into illegality, harms sex workers and leads to a deterioration of their living conditions as well as public health care. The ban on the purchase of sexual services does not protect those affected, but deprives them of their livelihoods. Street prostitution is illegal, except in specially designated areas in major cities. As part of the measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland, prostitution has been temporarily banned by the Federal Council under Article 6 of Chapter 3 of the Ordinance on Measures to Combat Coronavirus (COVID-19). [12] On March 24, a Thai woman was arrested in Rheineck for not closing her establishment and was later fined 1,500 Swiss francs. [13] EPP politician Streiff-Feller`s motion had no chance in the National Council on Wednesday. 172 spoke out against the ban on buying sex. Only eleven for that. The Federal Council also rejected the motion. In his justification, he wrote that it was controversial in the professional world whether a ban on sexual purchase actually had the desired effect.

“The Nordic model is not suitable for Switzerland. The erotic industry would fall into illegality, which would weaken the position of sex workers. It is legal to advertise “massages” in Swiss tabloids. “How can such a thing be legal?” asks an actor in the video. “Of course, anything that makes money is legal in Switzerland,” says another. “You Swiss are still living in the Middle Ages.” However, a legal framework allows better protection for prostitutes, explains Claudine Esseiva: “We then know where they are and how we get in touch with them.” The liberal politician also supports the creation of a red zone in the suburbs of Zurich.