Massachusetts House Bill Would Ban Child Sex Dolls 

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A bill on Beacon Hill seeks to outlaw sex dolls that look like children, something used by pedophiles across the United States. 

A proposal in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (HD.1269) filed by state Representative Alyson Sullivan-Almeida (R-Abington) would make the Bay State the fourth state in the country to make such dolls illegal.

Sullivan-Almeida’s bill defines a child sex doll as “an anatomically correct doll, mannequin or robot, with the features of, or with features that resemble those of, a minor, intended for use in sexual acts.” The bill would establish a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of up to five years for first-time offenders who knowingly use, possess, buy, sell, transport, deliver, or distribute a child sex doll in the commonwealth. Additionally, it would establish a fine of up to $10,000 or a prison sentence of up to 10 years for repeat offenders.

Many child sex dolls are produced in China, Hong Kong, and Japan and shipped worldwide. They’re often “labeled as mannequins or models to avoid seizures by authorities,” according to The News & Observer.

So far, only Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee have made child sex dolls illegal, according to Florida Politics. In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, signed the bill into law in 2019; it received overwhelming bipartisan support.

Federally, another Florida politician has pushed for a ban on child sex dolls:  Republican U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan. He filed a bill (H.R.73) in 2021 called the “Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act 2.0” (or the CREEPER Act). The bill died in the House Committee on the Judiciary. 

“This is sickening and cannot be allowed to continue,” Buchanan told Florida Politics in 2019. “We need to enact a national ban on these obscene products that are known to encourage pedophilia and the exploitation of children.”

For Sullivan-Almeida, the proposed child sex doll ban is a refiled bill (H.3789); the Joint Committee on the Judiciary sent her bill to study in the previous legislative session that ended in early January 2023. 

So far, no action has been taken on the bill she filed January 17.

Sullivan-Almeida could not be reached for comment on Monday or Tuesday this week.


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