A Growing Fascination With Sex Doll Australia

Australia has a growing fascination with child-like sex dolls, which are attracting men and women who are forming ’intimate relationships’ with them. One tradie from rural NSW says his dolls keep him company when he can’t be with his girlfriend.

Despite the popularity of these abhorrent dolls, which objectify children, it is illegal to possess them. Those found guilty face up to 10 years in prison.
Tradie’s ’intimate’ relationship with dolls

A tradie from rural NSW says his girlfriend erupted in anger when she discovered he was in an intimate relationship with a doll. Rod – not his real name – purchased the doll Karina in 2021 after suffering serious depression during back-to-back Covid lockdowns. He had no physical contact with women for two years and realised his mental health was taking a hit.

He bought Karina online and named her, describing her as a ‘friend and companion’. He says she helps him through times of loneliness and he even uses her to take portrait photographs.

Sex dolls marketed as lifelike replicas of women and girls for men’s on-demand sexual use have serious, real world consequences for all women and girls. They objectify women, encourage men to see them as objects and foster an attitude of entitlement. This normalises and promotes misogyny and harms all women and girls. Research shows that these dolls can also be used by pedophiles.

Melbourne’s sex doll craze

There’s a new trend sweeping Melbourne that has one firm selling dolls in record numbers. Canny motorists have discovered a lifelike doll called Donna is the perfect way to fool traffic cameras by sitting her in the passenger seat of their car and hence qualifying them for the faster transit lane on the Eastern Freeway. The result has been that the company has now sold out of all their lifelike models for the first time ever.

Childlike sex dolls are considered child abuse materials and it is illegal to possess them in Australia. Border force officers have been tracking the influx of these sex dolls and a 23-year-old man was arrested in Grafton and Turramurra on Thursday and will face court in Lismore on Friday. Those who import the dolls could be jailed for up to 15 years. The man’s arrest was based on collaboration between the ABF and NSW Police and financial intelligence from AUSTRAC and PayPal.

Childlike sex dolls are a child abuse material

When deciding which protected legal interests should be used as the basis for national provisions banning childlike sex dolls, national legislators face a dilemma. On the one hand, countries that base their criminal laws on the protection of children have little empirical evidence to rely on.

For example, there is no conclusive research that these dolls encourage or protect children from sexual abuse or that they have a cathartic effect on (some) users.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has been working to crack down on the importation of these disturbing dolls since last year. The agency said it had seized 226 childlike sex dolls and parts from locations such as mainland China, Japan and Hong Kong. In a recent interview, the woman behind a Sydney-based online seller called ’Sexy Lady Fox’ provided an extraordinary justification for her business model. She said her dolls were a ‘required item’ in a society where paedosexuality was widely accepted.
A 23-year-old man has been arrested for importing childlike sex dolls

The man, from Sydney’s southwest, has been charged with importing an obscene article and a prohibited import under the Customs Act. He will appear in Liverpool Local Court on September 29. The discovery comes as authorities note a 653 per cent increase in the number of child-like sex dolls seized over the past two years. A spokesman for the National Crime Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Specialist Operation Team says the men who purchase these dolls are often trying to defeat border controls by misleadingly labelling their parcels.

The spokesman adds that sex dolls Australia can be made to resemble celebrities, porn stars and even real-life victims of child abuse. They are also sold in different body types and can have oversized or fantasy proportions to cater for a range of sexual fantasies. He said sex dolls are popular among people who are suffering from anxiety or grief and can provide them with a risk-free way to experiment with intimacy.

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