Prostitution in Switzerland

Prostitution in Switzerland is regulated. It is legal to advertise for "massages" in Swiss tabloid newspapers, although there are also streetwalkers in red light districts. Pimping is however illegal. Licenced brothels, typically with a reception and leading to several studio apartments, are available. However, most prostitutes choose to operate independently, using newspaper advertisements, mobile phones and secondary rented apartments. Swiss prostitutes pay VAT (Value added tax) on their services and some accept credit cards. The majority of prostitutes are foreigners from Latin America, Eastern Europe or the Far East.

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