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Robert Buckland is to intervene in a legal test case in which a mentally impaired man is seeking the right to visit prostitutes to have sex. On Wednesday, the Court of Protection will consider whether the man, who is in his 20s and has mental health difficulties, has the capacity to make decisions about such contacts. It will then rule whether the carers responsible for him can allow him to pay for sex with the prostitutes.
Mr Justice Hayden, who considered the case last November, said the man had concluded his prospects of "getting a girlfriend" in "conventional ways" were very limited and had asked carers if he could visit a prostitute. Mr Buckland, the Justice Secretary, is understood to have ed as a party to the action because of concerns over the precedent it might set.
The court was ly told that the man lives in supported accommodation with a "carefully deed" care package. Lawyers said the judge would have to consider whether carers would be at risk of prosecution if they took the man to see a prostitute, even though he would pay himself.
It is understood that a charity specialising in providing sexual services for disabled people has offered to facilitate the man's request. It follows a similar case in Lincolnshire last year, when a court of protection judge backed a council's decision to refuse a request by a year-old man with learning disabilities to be allowed to have contact with prostitutes in the UK or abroad.
Mr Justice Keehan ruled: "P has limited insight into the risks that others might pose to him, including sex workers, and overestimated his ability to keep himself safe. He could not think through the potential consequences of visiting sex workers, including the possibility of financial exploitation or involvement with the criminal justice system.
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