German Green Party plans for the government to sponsor sex with prostitutes for anyone too poor for a hooker and deemed to need ‘sexual assistance’.
A spokeswoman for the German Green Party, Elisabeth Scharfenberg said disabled and seriously ill people should be able to claim back public money if they pay for sex.
She said doctors should have the right to issue the free prescriptions to their patients for hookers, while the patients would have to prove a medical need and show that they could not pay to visit sex workers otherwise.
MP Elisabeth Scharfenberg speaking to a local media said she “could imagine” local government paying for patient’s ‘sexual assistance’. “The local authorities could advise on the available options and provide grants.”
Prostitution has been legal in Germany since 2002 and Scharfenberg’s suggestion has its roots in a system based in the Netherlands, where applicants have to prove a medical need and show that they are otherwise unable to pay for a sex worker themselves.
Reports say an increasing numbers of sex workers offered their services in care homes where the ‘assistance’ might consist of a massage, sexual touching or full intercourse.
A sexual adviser for nursing homes said that prostitutes were a “blessing” for some patients. In the Netherlands, it is already possible to claim the cost of sexual services as a medical expense.
The Green Party, a bigger political player in Germany than in other countries, won a place in the state coalition government in Baden-Wuerttemberg in 2011.
Its share of the federal vote fell to about 8% in the last election. The German Green Party through this controversial idea is hoping that sex can boost its falling fortunes.
MP Scharfenberg’s suggestion has since provoked fierce debate across the country. The proposal was greeted with backlash from other politicians.