News  |  ,   |  August 3, 2017

Child sex dolls and robots: exploring the legal challenges

News article by Bela Bonita Chatterjee. 
Published in The Conversation


Sex robots appear to be the next big thing for the adult entertainment industry. Unroboticised sex dolls are not new – but combined with state-of-the-art fabrication techniques, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and programming applications, such dolls may soon reach new levels of sophistication. As sex dolls become increasingly realistic – and their roboticisation looms on the horizon – a key question to ask is how the law should respond when such objects are made for, and used by, those with a sexual interest in children?

Dolls for this market, manufactured overseas, are now starting to appear on the legal radar from attempts to import them into the country. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned that child-like sex dolls are being sold on the internet and campaigners have urged the government to outlaw the trade. There have also been calls to ban the import of sex robots designed to look like children. How to deal with such dolls and their robot counterparts is a novel question for the law . . .

About the Author

Bela Bonita Chatterjee is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Lancaster University.