Ban child sex dolls: Bri­tish char­ity

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

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