The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would ban child sex dolls and robots because they ‘normalize sex between adults and minors.’
The bill now moves to the Senate, where it must be approved before it is then offered up to the president for signing.
‘These dolls can be programmed to simulate rape,’ said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.
‘The very thought makes me nauseous.’
News of the bill’s passage in the House was reported by McClatchy.
The bill, known as the CREEPER Act, is taking aim at child sex dolls and robots that are imported mainly from China, Hong Kong, and Japan.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would ban child sex dolls and robots because they ‘normalize sex between adults and minors.’ The U.S. Capitol building is seen above in Washington, DC
There is currently no law on the books in the States that would prevent people from importing and selling life-size dolls and manequins used to simulate real-life sex
There is currently no law on the books in the States that would prevent people from importing and selling life-size dolls and manequins used to simulate real-life sex.
‘CREEPER’ is an acronym for ‘Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act.’
One of the bill’s authors, Dan Donovan, a Republican from New York, says the ‘pedobots’ are a gateway to actual pedophilia.
‘Once an abuser tires of practicing on a doll, it’s a small step to move on to a child,’ the Staten Island representative said.
‘My bill takes necessary steps to stop these sickening dolls from reaching our communities.’
The proposed legislation is a response to the growing worldwide popularity of so-called ‘sexbots.’
Sex robots – or sexbots – are anthropomorphic devices created for sexual gratification.
Four companies sell them for $5,000 to $15,000.
These realistic mannequins come in different ages, genders, appearances and textures with customizable oral, vaginal and anal openings.
One company produces a childlike robot marketed as a ‘pedobot.’
Those in favor of using sexbots argue for ‘harm limitation’ to reduce prostitution and sex crimes.
Opponents say sexbots could promote the idea that humans, too, are sex objects available for objectification.
The proposed legislation is a response to the growing worldwide popularity of so-called ‘sexbots.’ Sex robots – or sexbots – are anthropomorphic devices created for sexual gratification
‘To the contrary, these dolls create a real risk of reinforcing pedophilic behavior and they desensitize the user causing him to engage in sicker and sicker behavior,’ Goodlatte said.
Health benefits claimed by marketers of sex robots – safer sex, therapeutic possibilities, and the potential to treat pedophiles and sex offenders – haven’t been proven, or even well studied, experts say.
In an editorial in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, Dr. Chantal Cox-George of St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK and colleague Susan Bewley of King’s College London call for research into the ramifications of these devices.
‘The majority of customers will probably make purchases for sexual gratification, and not for health reasons,’ Cox-George told Reuters Health by email.
Still, she said, ‘It is important for health care professionals to know the evidence in case there are medical risks or benefits, for example, with infections, in psychosexual therapy, or the treatment of sex offenders.’
Cox-George and Bewley looked for sex robot-related research and found no reports with primary data about their health aspects.
Proponents argue that sexbots could provide a future with no sex trafficking, sex tourism or sex trade. In red-light districts, robotic prostitutes made of bacteria-resistant fiber and cleaned after each use could prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted infections.
At some brothels in Barcelona, Spain, and Dortmund, Germany, sex robots and love dolls are already available.