Lauren Book files state ban of ‘obscene, child-like‘ sex dolls
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State Sen. Lauren Book has filed a bill (SB 160) which would seek to criminalize the sale of sex dolls designed to look like young children.

“A person may not knowingly sell, lend, give away, distribute, transmit, show, or transmute … an obscene, child-like sex doll,” the bill says.

“These obscene dolls are being shipped from China to Canada and then being sent to different places throughout the country,” Book told Florida Politics about the need for the measure.

A report earlier this month from CBC details at least 42 such dolls being seized at the Canadian border in the previous two years. The sex dolls possess “child-like dimensions and features,” according to the piece.

And a few months ago in Kentucky, officials attempted to arrest and charge a man who had purchased similar dolls from China. While law enforcement argued possession of the dolls was akin to possession of child pornography, a judge dismissed all charges against the man.

The judge’s reasoning? Laws banning possession of child pornography require the involvement of an actual child, not just a child-like doll.

Given the gap in the law, Book is concerned the dolls will serve not as a replacement for the urges of pedophiles, but as a catalyst for perpetrators to seek out victims.

“That is not a cure for anything,” Book argued. “The doll just isn’t enough, and then they act out again sexually on children.”

Book said she had drafted a version of the bill during the 2018 Legislative Session, but it was not taken up because it was not filed in time.

“We want to make sure that law enforcement has all the tools that they need,” Book added.

The lawmaker admitted people may be surprised that this issue would require legislation. But she said the measure is necessary to get out in front of the issue, especially as the technology to create such lifelike representations will only become more advanced.

“It’s something that’s happening and something that we need to be paying attention to.”

The U.S. House has also passed a bill that would make these dolls illegal at the federal level. That bill, however, has stalled out in the U.S. Senate.

Book’s bill would also bar any offers to sell the dolls, as well as possessing such a doll with the intent to sell. Advertising the objects would also be criminalized. A violation would be a third-degree felony.

Book, a Plantation Democrat who represents Senate District 32 in Broward County, has made preventing the abuse of children a top priority of hers in the Legislature. She was named chair of the Senate Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs late last month.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected].


  • Sick of this site

    December 20, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    How long is FloriDUH Politics going to keep sucking Lauren’s cunt? Seriously, you kiss her ass so often, I’m surprised this website isn’t advertising Chapstick and Vaseline.

  • Rico

    December 26, 2018 at 12:33 am

    I really don’t think these laws are worth our time. Can we make laws based on sensible evidence instead of knee jerk reactions? We can all agree that child abuse is wrong, but how many actual pedophiles that have abused children or tried to abuse children been caught with some of these dolls? If there really are these types of dolls being shipped here all over the place and they really are causing people to hurt children why haven’t we seen a spike in child abuse from people owning dolls? When i was a child, my local catholic church had a scandal when the principal of the catholic school was arrested for child molestation. The catholic church has been protecting child abusers before then and ever since, yet they are still allowed to operate in our area. I would get onboard with this ban on child like sex dolls if it also applied to a ban on the catholic church operating in our communities.

  • JohnD

    December 27, 2018 at 12:59 am

    If you live in South East Florida get out of that Communist Controlled Territory. Problem is the weak, lame Republican Party of Florida is complicit in allowing Communist Anti U.S Authoritarians who cannot mind their own business to govern.

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