Politician Fabienne Vocat is cited in the 20 Minuten newspaper as saying that while it would be difficult for city authorities to determine whether a condom was used or not in encounters with prostitutes, it would still be important to pass the measure.
“It’s about giving a signal,” she was quoted as saying.
Doro Winkler, the head of the FIZ Advocacy and Support for Migrant Women and Victims of Trafficking association is welcoming the idea of a mandatory condom with an inch of skepticism.
“I find it to be good, but fines will lead to renewed criminalization of the sex trade,” he reportedly said, adding that it might prove more successful to “educate” the clients to become more responsible consumers.
Prostitution in Zurich, concentrated mainly in the western part of the city, appears to be on the rise in recent years, authorities have said, and efforts are under way to clean up the streets of Switzerland’s largest city and main financial hub.