The Czech Republic has been administering phallometric tests to determine whether homosexual asylum-seekers from gay-unfriendly countries are actually gay. Needless to say, no one is particularly enthused by this policy.
"Trojan concluded that the only way to obtain hard evidence was to administer a test using a phallometric device." So reports Jan Puhl in Spiegel Online about a curious story. The article begins:
Controversy Surrounds Czech Use of Erection-Measurement Machine
Authorities in the Czech Republic have been using a supposed erotic lie detector to test whether asylum seekers are falsely claiming to be gay. But the practice has come in for criticism after the EU's human rights agency found out about it….
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.
(Thanks to Michael Storch for bringing this to our attention.)
BONUS: A research paper by Dr. Trojan.