THE owner of a sex robot brothel is aiming to open 10 venues across the United States within the next two years because “there’s no regulation”.
KinkySDolls operates a “rent before you buy” sex doll and robot service from a warehouse in Toronto, Canada, allowing customers to try out its products before they purchase them.
Punters pay £46 ($60) to spend half an hour with a lifelike sex robot and dolls that’s “warm and ready to play” in a private room at its premises on an industrial estate.
The firm is planning to export its business model to the US, where owner Yuval Gavriel believes light regulation will help his business to become a success.
He said he is in discussions with investors in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with prospective partners also in Arizona and Atlanta.
Gavriel, who launched the firm in Toronto last year, has thanked US President Donald Trump for creating a business-friendly environment in which his company can thrive.
“The States is a bigger market, and a healthier market, and God bless Trump,” Gavriel told the Washington Examiner.
Gavriel said he prefers to describe his business as a “showroom” in which customers can sample his products before committing.
He was planning to open the his first US-based sex doll and robot brothel in Houston, Texas at the beginning of October.
But his second venue suffered a major set back on Wednesday after Houston City Council introduced tougher regulations effectively banning his “try before you buy” business from operating there.
“God bless Trump”
Yuval Gavriel, KinkySDoll owner
A vote to expand the definition of an “arcade device” – which is used to view adult content – was passed by council officials at the meeting on Wednesday.
The definition will now include an “anthropomorphic device”, in other words, an object made to resemble a human, such as a sex doll or robot.
The updated rules would prevent businesses exploiting “loopholes” with regards to changing technology, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
District councilor Greg Travis welcomed the decision, saying that the KinkySdolls’ “type of enterprise degrades our city.”
Gavriel is reportedly considering taking legal action over the decision in the Texas city.
He said he consulted a lawyer, who said “there are no rules to it”, before deciding to open the venue in Houston.
“He went through all the laws and all of the regulations and currently there are no regulations for this kind of service,” the owner said.
A range of experts from different fields have called for sex dolls and robots to be regulated, with some claiming they could encourage objectification, abuse, rape and paedophilia.
Nigel Cameron, president of the influential Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies think tank, suggested sex robots should be taxed to curb the “deviant behaviour”of perverts.
In the same way that tobacco and alcohol sales are taxed, Mr Cameron has called on governments to introduce an eye-watering levy on sex robots.
The strategist and writer for the Washington DC-based think tank believes a tobacco and alcohol-style tax is a useful mechanism to discourage “abusive conduct”.
He told Daily Star Online: “There’s a serious chance that sex robots will lead to increasingly abusive conduct.
“People often decide to ban things they don’t approve of, and it rarely works.
“But governments have many ways of discouraging behaviour that is deemed unhelpful, including – a useful comparison is tobacco – through taxation.
“What about a 10,000% tax on sex robots for a start?”