Last week I posted about the phallometric test the Czech Republic was using, and told to stop using by the EU, to see if asylum-seekers are actually gay. If they got turned on by straight porn, then they were assumed to be straight and denied asylum.
The plot thickens with this report from ABC News. Czech Republic was the only country I had ever heard of using a test like this, and for good reason. People claiming to be gay and applying for asylum were referred to Dr. Ondrej Trojan, who would ask questions and perform the test. He also doesn't seem to have a good sense of professionalism:
In the meantime, Dr. Trojan is also involved in another scandal. A former patient claims that he offered to masturbate in front of her while she was under his treatment, and she says that she intends to produce video recordings as evidence.
Trojan insists that he was merely applying a method known as "demonstration therapy," which even he admits is "controversial." Although the method is not considered a criminal offence, the Czech medical association slapped Trojan with a fine of 20,000 Czech koruna (around 800 euro or $1,100).
ABC also includes a description of how the test is performed, after the jump.
The ABC News report describes two Iranian men who were being investigated in Iran for "amoral behavior" and they even brought their summons with them. They were referred to a doctor:
So, the Czech Republic's Interior Ministry sent Rahim and Karim to Dr. Ondrej Trojan, a physician and sex therapist with a practice in Prague's historic city center, for an examination. After asking them a battery of questions, Trojan concluded that the only way to obtain hard evidence was to administer a test using a phallometric device. And faced with either having their erections measured or being deported, the two Iranians had little choice but to consent.[...]
One at a time, Rahim and Karim were asked to sit down on a sofa in Dr. Trojan's examination room. The doctor instructed them to put a metal cuff on their penises. A cable connects an electrode in the cuff to a computer, which monitors and analyzes expansion. (The version for women uses a tampon-sized measuring device instead of a cuff.)
Trojan then showed them some pornographic films, some featuring naked men and others naked women. And the results were soon clear. Dr. Trojan declared both of them gay, and they were permitted to remain in the Czech Republic. But if nature had let them down at the wrong moment, they might have been deported.