Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Dane fights for state-funded sex

BBC NEWS reports A disabled Danish man is fighting for the state to pay for him to have a prostitute visit him at home. Torben Hansen, who has cerebral palsy, which severely affects his speech and mobility, believes his local authority should pay the extra charge he incurs when he hires a sex worker - because his disability means he cannot go to see them. His case is currently being considered. In Denmark, local authorities compensate disabled people for extra costs incurred because of their disability. "I want them to cover the extra expenses for the prostitutes to get here, because it's a lot more expensive getting them to come to my home rather than me going to a brothel," Mr Hansen told BBC World Service's Outlook programme. "It's a necessity for me. I can't move very well, and it's impossible for me to go there." In Denmark, prostitution and other forms of sex work are not illegal so long as it is not a woman's sole means of income.

This is Government Health Care carried to an extreme.

OTB blogged Offhand, I'd say he has a case. If Denmark actually does pay for any "extra costs incurred" and he is only seeking reimbursement for the housecall charges rather than for the, um, service itself, his demand seems reasonable enough. Of course, it only seems so in the context of a nihilistic social welfare state.

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