the Customs Consolidation Act 1876 and also discussed the matter of publishing pictures of such dolls.

riarudoll | 10 September, 2019 06:20


The first bit of guidance in October 2015 talked about the importation of such a doll and stated it was on offence under the Customs Consolidation Act 1876 and also discussed the matter of publishing pictures of such dolls.

The March 2019 guidance went into further detail on these matters, most notably stating that any doll that has any child like features may be considered and obscene article under the act. This would, for example, cover a tall doll with a child like face or a small doll with adult proportions. This guidance also went on to suggest that shipping such a doll around the UK would be an offence contrary to section 85(3)(b) Postal Services Act 2000. This is a newly proposed offence in relation to child Sex Dolls and demonstrates a further and welcome tightening of the laws and movement around such dolls.



It does not currently appear to be illegal to own such a doll but this would be the final part of the puzzle and most likely be something the authorities were working hard on either establishing an existing offence, or creating a new one.

Prior to the March 2019 guidance, the unofficial position, confirmed by the authorities, was that to be legal a doll must be 140cm or over. Below this it may be deemed to represent a child. It is illegal to have sex with a child (or person who is under the age of 16) and illegal to publish photographs of anyone under the age of 18 in an intimate or sexual way. These laws can be considered applicable to dolls representative of those ages. However with the release of the new guidance we think that even 140cm and up may not by itself be a safe bet.



Europe: the UK is leading the way on this topic so again no firm legislation or guidance is yet in place in the European countries. However demand for small dolls is definitely at an all time low so the unofficial actions are definitely having their effect. It is likely that European countries will follow up with legislation once the UK releases theirs.

The USA: For a long time the USA seemed to show little concern over child Sex Dolls. However, a recent spate of arrests and prosecutions has shown that the tide is changing on this and recently a passed making it a first-degree misdemeanor in the state to possess, give away, advertise, sell or display the dolls, which would be punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1000.00 fine. A second offense would be classed as a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Though America being a number of states with different laws, it’s unlikely this will be a uniform position in all states and the main retailers in the US are still selling child like sex dolls. Note that the US House did pass a similar law about a year ago, which became known as the Creeper Act but this was stalled in the Senate.

Australia: The Ozzies seem to be a bit more strict on this and are following closely behind the UK on this.



Doll Age: The Legal Position Of The Future

As discussed previously, the UK authorities are looking to release more specific legislation that will give clearer guidance and deal with the issue of child sex dolls. It is not known, at this time, when that will be released. As well as dealing with importation, it is likely that it will also handle the issue of ownership. It is likely that the rest of the world will follow the example of the UK at varying speeds.




Doll Age: The Argument For And Against

Many people including some major charities have argued that child sex dolls may be beneficial to people with paedophilic tendencies. Especially if they were to be used in a controlled environment with psychiatric help.

However, this will most certainly be rejected by the UK authorities as they believe it is more likely a gateway product and could desensitise the matter in the users mind. This stance was also agreed upon by Democratic state Sen. Lauren Book who was responsible for introducing the legislation to Florida and she said “Just as viewing child pornography lowers the inhibitions of child predators, so do these childlike sex dolls that have no place in the state of Florida.”





Other people have argued that the lower weight of a smaller doll makes them easier to move around and the smaller size makes them easier to conceal. Again this argument is unlikely to be accepted as torso dolls are available (without legs and/or arms) which solve both of these problems and foam dolls (very light) are available which solve the first problem.

Note that some Chinese websites, pretending to be UK companies, are advising that small sex dolls are legal. Customs are actively seizing these and prosecuting the UK individual and there are no penalties for the Chinese supplier.






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