The suggestion that the state should fund ‘sexual assistants’ for the disabled has provoked fierce debate across the country.”Funding for sexual assistance is conceivable for me,” Elisabeth Scharfenberg, who is the spokesperson for the Green party’s age and care policy, told the Welt am Sonntag
newspaper. “The local authorities could advise on the available options and provide grants.”While controversial, the idea is not completely new. In the Netherlands, sexual assistance for disabled people – provided by sex workers with a special certification – has been available for some years.Individuals can receive state grants to pay for the service if they can provide a medical note stating that they are unable to get sexual satisfaction in any other way, and to prove that they cannot afford to pay the costs themselves.
In Germany, a growing number of prostitutes are offering their services as sexual assistants in nursing homes, where the ‘assistance’ might consist of a massage, sexual touching or full intercourse. However, because there is no official regulation over the job title, these sex workers may not be trained in dealing with people with special needs, such as dementia, physical or mental disabilities.