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A German Lawmaker Wants the State to Pay for Prostitutes for the Elderly

Jan 09, 2017

A German opposition lawmaker has been criticized for suggesting on Sunday that authorities could subsidize paid sex for patients requiring nursing care.

The Green Party's spokeswoman on care policy, Elisabeth Scharfenberg, told Welt am Sonntag newspaper that she could imagine authorities "financing sexual assistance."

Prostitution has been legal in Germany since 2002 and the newspaper also wrote that 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.

Governing Social Democrats lawmaker Karl Lauterbach told Bild daily on Monday that the country did not "need paid prostitution in homes for the elderly, and certainly not on prescription," Associated Press reports.

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