Sex with prostitutes will be paid for by the Government for anyone too poor for a hooker and deemed to need sexual assistance under German Green Party plans.

The party’s care spokeswoman Elisabeth Scharfenberg says doctors should have the right to issue the free prescriptions to their patients for ladies of the night.

Prostitution is legal in Germany and carries little of the taboos associated with it in many other countries.

There are brothels in virtually every town and a trend recently began with working girls offering ‘sexual assistance’ to dementia sufferers, the handicapped and people living in care homes.

Depending on the brothel, the services range from ‘affectionate touching’ to bondage, fetishism and full sex.

But no law exists for the client to claim for the costs of his or her visit as a medical expense.

The Greens want to change that, based on a law that has been in place in the neighbouring Netherlands for some time.

‘I can imagine a public financing of sexual assistance,’ Scharfenberg said in an article in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

The Greens’ plans consists of patients obtaining a medical certificate confirming that ‘they are unable to achieve sexual satisfaction in other ways, as well as to prove they are not able to pay sex workers on their own’.

Scharfenberg said: ‘Municipalities could discuss appropriate offers on site and grants they would need.’

Sex coach and author Vanessa del Rae worked for many years as a nurse and later took over the management of a nursing home and holds lectures on sexuality and sensuality in many facilities.

‘In Holland, prostitutes are paid by the health insurance fund’, she said.

‘In Germany in recent years we have seen the advent sexual companion, especially trained in relation to the sexual needs of elderly men and women.

‘She knows the handicaps, the shyness and shame which come with old people.’

She said that nursing home staff often react with horror and anger when they catch older residents canoodling – or pleasuring themselves.

But Professor Wilhelm Frieling-Sonnenberg, a medical care specialist, said the idea is ‘contemptuous towards human dignity, a way to placate troublesome patients’.

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