It is time that sex and disability were in the same conversation, because this is an issue of human rights. Overseas, what is being called an ‘intimacy coach’ is helping to fill the gap for people with disabilities, and it is entirely legal.
On average, to see a sex worker will cost between $250 and $300 for one hour. If a person with a high-needs disability has one, one-hour session per month, this amounts to $3,600 per year for an individual user.
Let’s compare this cost to other things funded by the government for a moment.
In 2008, the New Zealand Government was funding gender-reassignment surgeries, up to four times per year. Those surgeries cost between $20,000 and $70,000 depending on the type, times that by four, you are looking well in excess of $100,000 per year.
Shortly after this, the Labour Party introduced a policy that would have seen these gender-reassignment surgeries paid for by the government, but not just for up to four people, but to anyone.
That policy was scrapped after intense media scrutiny and the National Party, the party in political power. Continue reading Government-Funded Sex: Facts and Opinion