DEVIL’S PLAY THINGS

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - CLARISSA BYE

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.

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