New bill would make it illegal to sell child-like sex dolls in Florida

Yeah, there are child-like sex dolls.

click to enlarge New bill would make it illegal to sell child-like sex dolls in Florida
Photo via Adobe Images

Selling child-like sex dolls would be a crime in Florida under a measure ready to go to the full Senate. 

The Rules Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the measure (SB 160) focused on “obscene or lewd materials,” with lawmakers pointing to a need to combat pedophilia. Sen. Lauren Book, a Plantation Democrat who was sexually abused by a nanny as a child, said the anatomically correct dolls “are rampantly used by sexual deviants to act out pedophilic desires.”

The bill has received unanimous support from three Senate committees. “Psychologists warn that when pedophiles give in to pedophilic fantasies, through the use of child pornography and child-like sex dolls, a reinforcing effect occurs that makes them more vulnerable to offending against a real child,” Book said. “It’s like tempting an addict with their drug of choice.” 

The proposal, in part, would make it a first-degree misdemeanor to sell, give away or show such dolls. The charge would increase to a third-degree felony on subsequent violations. 

“The world is not a nice place sometimes, technology will change, and we need to do everything we can to combat it and always be diligent in revisiting the laws to make sure that we continue to lead the way in protecting our children,” Sen. Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican and former prosecutor, said. A committee staff analysis said the importation to the U.S. of sex dolls that resemble children is becoming increasingly prevalent. 

“Such dolls are manufactured in China, Hong Kong, or Japan and are shipped to the U.S. labeled as clothing mannequins or models in order to avoid detection,” the analysis stated. “A few U.S.-based internet retailers offer these dolls for sale; however, in April 2018, Amazon announced that it will no longer sell childlike sex dolls.” An identical measure (HB 1107) has been filed in the House but has not been heard in committees. 

Keep up-to-date on all the news and views by subscribing to CL's newsletters.

Scroll to read more Florida News articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]