The disturbing and legal Japanese industry of child-like sex dolls

While countries like Australia and the United Kingdom have banned child sex dolls because their governments considered the products to be child abuse material, in Japan, they’re completely legal.

Adults can order a doll with an adjustable vagina online.

Children’s rights activists in Japan fear the child sex dolls’ impact, both on children and customers who buy them.

Critics claim that allowing dolls to exist, with very few restrictions, helps normalize forcible intercourse with minors, a crime that can land you at least five-years in prison. They also insist that the dolls make a market out of sexualizing minors, which they claim is reflected in Japan’s loose laws on explicit material depicting children.

Though Japan banned the possession of child abuse material in 2014, the last of 38 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development to do so, restrictions didn’t include illustrative media. Manga, anime, as well as dolls, are still legal in Japan. However, the rights to freedom and expression for the former two are largely protected.

But the science on the dolls’ real-world effects – such as whether they lead to more sexual crimes against children, is murky. Some studies suggest that they could provide minors who are sexually interested with a way to express themselves, and make them less likely not to do so.
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