Ban child sex dolls: British charity
LONDON: Recent criminal convictions prove a strong link between people who use lifelike child sex dolls and child abuse, a British charity said on Tuesday, calling for ownership of the “grotesque” dolls to be outlawed.
Britain should close a legal loophole which allows people to own child sex dolls even though it is illegal to import, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said, amid a surge in seizures on its borders.
“Early evidence shows that those using these grotesque dolls are already harming children through other online activities,” its spokesman, Tony Stower, said.
“Six of the seven men who have been charged in the past year with importing child sex dolls also had indecent images of children,” he said.
A British man was convicted in July of importing a child sex doll in a landmark case in the fight against a new form of sex crime against children.
Police found over 34,000 indecent images of children aged three to 16 on computers and hard drives in his home.
Opinion is divided over the use of sex dolls, which have the appearance, weight and anatomy of real children.
A Welsh charity said this month that the dolls should be made available on prescription to help prevent people who are sexually attracted to young children acting on their desires.
Paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder. Most treatment focuses on therapy, mentoring and supervision to help paedophiles control their behaviour.
Critics say sex dolls can be dangerous proxies to act out fantasies like rape or child abuse.
Britain’s National Crime Agency has stepped up probes into sex dolls since border officials noticed an increase in imports of child sex dolls in 2016 from Hong Kong and China. – Reuters