U.S. House Passes a Bill to Ban Child Sex Dolls

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Child sex dolls are incompatible with a civilized society.

This Wednesday, the House of Representatives, agreed with that statement by passing a bill to prohibit the importation and interstate sale of sex dolls or robots designed to resemble children. This bill, the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act of 2017, or “CREEPER Act,” was introduced by Rep. Dan Donovan, New York Republican.

Should this bill be passed in the U.S. Senate and then signed into law, the United States would join countries like Australia and the U.K which have already created similar laws.

Excerpt of Article Published in Washington Times

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“Right now, a few clicks on a computer can allow a predator to order a vile child sex doll. This is not only disturbing — but also endangers the most innocent among us,” said Mr. Donovan. “Once an abuser tires of practicing on a doll, it’s a small step to move on to a child. My bill takes necessary steps to stop these sickening dolls from reaching our communities.”

Manufactured in Asia and sold at prices ranging from roughly $400 to $10,000, the sex dolls can be custom designed to resemble specific children and “programmed to simulate rape,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, said during Wednesday’s debate.

The U.K. and Australia previously banned the importation of realistic child sex dolls, said Mr. Goodlatte, and Amazon announced in April that it would prohibit the sale of “anatomically correct child sex dolls,” according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

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In April, after complaints by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and others, Amazon removed most of the child-like sex dolls on their website but unfortunately, Amazon still continues to sell hundreds of sex dolls, some of which still retain child-like features.

Sex dolls of all kinds are problematic because they train the user to view people as sex objects with no requirement for consent or sexual mutuality.

As Dr. Maras and Dr. Shapiro note in the Journal of Internet Law, sex dolls “have the potential of altering individuals’ views and perceptions of relationships, ultimately, having them interact with humans as they would with the dolls and robots.”

This is a disturbing factor that would only fuel the current culture of sexual entitlement, and its consequences of sexual violence and harassment.

All eyes are on the Senate now, and the nation awaits to see if the United States will take a stand against the normalization of the sexual abuse and thing-ification of children or not.

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