PAEDOPHILES who are given child sex dolls to stop them from abusing children are only fuelling their own sick urges, a new report has warned.
The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) claimed child sex robots could be used to groom real children for sexual abuse.
Its report comes as some therapists and psychologists have argued for paedophiles to be given sex dolls which look like children to prevent them from abusing real kids
But, the AIC has argued in a new report there is no evidence for this.
In the report, the authors insist child sex dolls “may desensitise the user from the potential harm child sex assault causes, given such dolls give no emotional feedback.”
Most child sex dolls are manufactured in mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan.
“Child sex dolls may desensitise the user from the potential harm child sex assault causes, given such dolls give no emotional feedback”
Researchers fear because the dolls are made so “life-like”, they are putting actual children in harm’s way.
Report authors Rick Brown and Jane Shelling said potential offenders who view child porn and go on to use child sex dolls should be considered dangerous.
In 2017, 78 child sex dolls were seized in Australia alone, and although only 15 were seized last year, experts fear this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Browne and Shelling said there are no figures for the numbers of underage sex dolls entering the country undetected.
In 2017, UK authorities seized 128 child sex dolls arriving in the country.
“Escalation in relation to child sex dolls refers to the possibility such devices may promote a continuum of behaviour which results in contact child sexual offending,” the report went on.
“When combined with a general preference for physical representations over virtual ones, there is a plausible argument some individuals may migrate from viewing child exploitation material to engaging with a child sex doll.”
While child sex dolls are ruled as child abuse material in Australia, this has largely been untested in the country’s courts.
If someone is found importing a child sex doll by the Australian Border Force, they could face up to 10 years in jail as well as $525,000 Australian (£285,000).
The idea of using child sex dolls to treat paedophilia was first floated in 2017.
Such a “cure” for paedophilia is a controversial issue in the UK as well.
Last year, a Brit man appeared in court charged with “importing a child sex doll” from China.