NY lawmaker seeks ban on sale of 'child sex dolls'

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Capitol 3A Republican congressman from New York is sponsoring legislation that would ban the sale of life-like dolls that apparently have become popular "play things" among pedophiles. (CAUTION: This story discusses issues that some may find offensive.)

News reports describe the anatomically accurate renderings as "child sex dolls" – although they are marketed and sold online as mannequins or models to avoid detection, according to Congressman Dan Donavan (R-New York).

"During my 20 years as a prosecutor, I put away animals who played out their disgusting fantasies on innocent children. What I saw and heard was enough to make anybody sick," the lawmaker says in a statement on his website. "It's a uniquely vile person who preys on children to fulfill horrific pedophilic urges."

That, he says, is why last week he introduced the "Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act" to ban importation and distribution of the dolls from China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Similar bans already exist in Australia and Great Britain.

Donovan wrote in an op-ed for The Hill last week that authorities in the U.K. have seized 128 dolls this year – and that 85 percent of the men who imported them were also found in possession of child pornography.

"These individuals didn't use the dolls as a substitute," he writes. "They used them to supplement their stash of kiddy porn .... It terrifies me to think of the additional harm these perverts could have caused if authorities hadn't tracked them down through their sex doll imports."

One of the groups that has come alongside Donovan in his campaign is the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. The co-director of that organization agrees such devices create a threat to children.

"There is currently a dramatic rise in the development of talking sex robots powered by artificial intelligence," Noel Charkey tells the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. "The possibility of making anatomically detailed moving robot replicas of specific children for sexual gratification is now here – and is surely a step too far."

An online petition in support of the CREEPER Act (H.R. 4655) has drawn more than 150,000 signatures.

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