The Katie Price/Harvey Prostitute Debate

So former glamour model and current…er…actually I don’t know what she does any more Katie Price has revealed on a daytime TV show that she has considered hiring a prostitute for her 15-year-old autistic son Harvey (who also has Prader-Willi syndrome and other disabilities) when he turns 18.

Many have condemned her for this, but she was actually responding to an author, Kathy Lette, who had considered the same thing for her 20-year-old autistic son.

I’ve been trying to figure out what I feel about this. I believe that everyone deserves a fun and happy sex life, provided that that’s what they want. And it’s that last proviso that I think is key in this situation. This has to be something that her son can convey that he truly wants, and is incapable of achieving on his own. I don’t think it should be something that is sprung on him on his 18th birthday without his input.

A quick refresher course on the legality of prostitution in the UK revealed that it is technically legal as long as the prostitute is over 18, isn’t coerced, trafficked, operating in a brothel or soliciting in a public place. Although details are vague about how old the client legally has to be – if one assumes it’s the age of consent, why did Price settle on 18 for her son? It’s also worth pointing out that is was Price’s partner, who’s not the boy’s father, who brought up the idea to her. I feel that should a decision of this kind be made, it should at least include the boy’s father.

In the end, I think Kathy Lette’s advice to Price sums it up well – “I think you wait and see if he’s angst ridden about it and if it’s an issue for him.” If he’s not bothered by it, then she shouldn’t be either. If he is, perhaps look into professional sex therapists who are trained to get people to a stage where they’re comfortable with the emotional side of sex as well as the physical side. I hope Price isn’t forgetting the emotional factor.

You can read an interesting article about full-intercourse sex therapists here.

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