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Disabled man campaigns for free sex workers

Rhys Bowler
Rhys Bowler Image credit: dailyrecord.co.uk

A man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is campaigning for the NHS to pay for sex workers for people with disabilities.

Rhys Bowler believes the service should be made available free of charge for patients who are severely disabled.

The 34-year-old from Treforest, Wales, appeared on a documentary over the weekend where he shared his opinions on the controversial subject.

Bowler said on S4C’s DRYCH: Fi, Rhyw ac Anabledd: "People often ask - how do disabled people have sex? I say it depends on the person.

"It depends on what you can do in terms of physical capabilities. Disabled people have sexual urges. We are still humans, we want sex. We're the same as everyone else. It's a fact of life.

"Every experience I've wanted to try, I've done it. I can honestly say - I work like any man out there. And I haven't had any complaints!

"If you need to do something - then you can! If you have a disability, that doesn't have to stop you. If you can't do those things, you'll find a way to do it."

Bowler went on to admit he has used sex workers in the past and feels the service should be offered on the NHS to people with disabilities.

"This was my way of feeling better, by having sex,” he explained.

"It was easy for me to do it, it was easy for me to gain access. I didn't have to tell anyone about what was going on.

"I have the opinion that sex workers should be on the NHS for disabled people like me".

Like most of us Bowler realises being in a serious relationship is more satisfying compared to a one night stand, it’s something he wants now he is growing older.

He said: "I think I'm at the time in my life where I want more serious relationships. I'm 34 now, you have to settle down at some point in your life.

"For me, independence means everything. I know a lot of people in my situation who live at home with their family. I love my mum, but I want her to be just my mum. I don't want her to be my carer. I want to be my own man.

"When they tell you you're going to die when you're 15 - back then that was the life expectancy with muscular dystrophy - life is short, so death isn't there to scare you.

"It's freedom if you think about it. Obviously, life is going to be hard sometimes, you just have to live your life for today."

DRYCH: Fi, Rhyw ac Anabledd is available to download on BBC iPlayer.