A Zimbabwean senator has suggested giving prisoners sex toys to curb gay impulses while they are behind bars.

Sithembile Mlotshwa, concerned that men incarcerated by Zimbabwe’s justice system do not turn gay, has told a parliamentary committee “sex gadgets” and special rooms would help them stay straight, the Metro reports.

She said: “In other countries they provide sex gadgets and have constructed rooms where people go and service themselves when the desire arises.”

Another minister suggested it might be hard to secure funding for sex toys and special rooms when they were struggling to feed inmates.

She replied: “We can’t say we don’t have the money to feed them as people can stay without food. They want sexual desires to be satisfied whether you like it or not.”