The U.S. Congress has taken action to stop the importation of child sex dolls and robots, some of which can be custom-ordered to look like specific real-life children and can be programed to simulate rape.
"The U.S. House approved a ban Wednesday on the importation and trafficking of anatomically correct child sex dolls and robots that 'normalize sex between adults and minors,'" McClatchy's Tim Johnson reports.
The bill, appropriately called the CREEPER Act (Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act), now moves on to the Senate.
The act was created in response to the proliferation of pedophilic dolls and robots, largely produced in China, Hong Kong and Japan, which are often imported under the label of "mannequins" or "models" to get through customs. Currently, there is no specific law banning the importation or sale of the pedophilic dolls and robots.
"These dolls can be programed to simulate rape. The very thought makes me nauseous," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). "I am saddened that there are people in this world who would create realistic child sex dolls and distraught that there are people in this world who would buy them."
"Customers can order bespoke dolls, providing pictures of specific children they would like the doll to resemble," he explained. "They can indicate a preferred facial expression such as sadness or fear."
While a few social scientists have posited that the dolls could reduce pedophilia, Goodlatte says he believes the truth is the opposite. "To the contrary, these dolls create a real risk of reinforcing pedophilic behavior and they desensitize the user causing him to engage in sicker and sicker behavior," he said.
Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), who sponsored the bill, agrees with his fellow congressman. "Once an abuser tires of practicing on a doll, it’s a small step to move on to a child," said Donovan. "My bill takes necessary steps to stop these sickening dolls from reaching our communities."