DEVIL’S PLAY THINGS
SEX beasts are importing lifelike child dolls into Australia in a “horror” new trend that authorities have warned is on the “increase”, with some of the silicone girls made to look as young as five. An investigation by The Saturday Telegraph can reveal the ultra-realistic “robots” are easy to find on the internet — with depraved customers even able to choose the kind of school uniform they come with. It comes as startling new figures from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reveal there are currently 11 open investigations into the importation of the dolls into Australia. Buyers pay as little as $500 to select eye colour, hair colour and even the type of toenail paint. And the anatomically realistic robots include sexual functions. Many of the dolls can be found on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, with sellers giving them names like “sweetie angel”. They measure between 100cm-140cm and weigh about 20kg — the weight of a sixyear-old child. Sick advertisements proclaim the “cute” and “lovely” mannequins are “full of seductive charm”, with “cyber skin likeness” and “soft skin to gain to more reallike feeling”. ABF assistant commissioner Wayne Buchhorn told The Saturday Telegraph authorities were dealing with an “increase in the attempted importation of childlike sex dolls”.
“We currently have 11 childlike sex doll import investigations underway across Australia,” he said.
The NSW Supreme Court of Criminal appeal also recently rejected a bid by a Sydney man to overturn his jail sentence for importing a $4000 child sex doll. Chinese-born computer technician Zhiguo Miao tried to argue his one-year sentence for possessing the doll — as well as other child abuse images — was “excessive”.
The 35-year-old instead asked for a community service order. Miao, who had studied at the Australian National University, said the custom-built 132cm doll provided no sexual gratification. But the judges ruled the doll — found propped up in his bed in a satin dressing gown by police — was designed to be used sexually.
Child safety campaigner Hetty Johnston said this new doll trend was appalling. “It’s horrific,” she said. And Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia founder Adam Washbourne described the trade as “evil”.
After being informed by The Saturday Telegraph about the illegal sale of the dolls, AliExpress, a subsidiary of Alibaba, closed down many of the sellers.
“We took prompt action to remove them,” it said.
At the original sentencing of Miao, Justice Peter Berman said “normalisation of sexual acts committed upon children is capable of increasing the likelihood that children will be abused.”
Miao, who arrived in Australia in 2006, is eligible for parole in December this year.