Vern Buchanan files bill that would ban child sex dolls
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Action comes amid reports of sale of a doll based on a Miami child.

Rep. Vern Buchanan filed legislation in Congress to ban child sex dolls nationwide.

The Sarasota Republican said he will reintroduce the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act (CREEPER Act). The bill will be the same as legislation (HR 4655) passed by the House in 2018 but which died in the Senate. The bill passed on a voice vote with Buchanan’s support at the time (though he was not among the co-sponsors).

Buchanan said he felt the need to reintroduce the legislation after a report that a child sex doll was being sold on the Internet that was modeled off of a girl in Miami. The child’s mother spoke to a Miami NBC affiliate last week about the need to ban dolls in the U.S.

“This is sickening and cannot be allowed to continue,” said Buchanan, who co-chairs Florida’s Legislative Delegation. “We need to enact a national ban on these obscene products that are known to encourage pedophilia and the exploitation of children.”

That’s likely not the only reason for Buchanan’s interest in the legislation.

Florida passed a similar child sex doll ban in 2019, but one lawmaker ended up on record in opposition, state Rep. Margaret Good. The Sarasota Democrat, who is challenging Buchanan for his seat in Congress, said through a campaign statement that she changed her vote on the bill to a no erroneously. She initially supported the bill, but said she changed her vote on it when she was trying change a vote on a similarly numbered higher education bill.

“The vote change was made in error,” said Good campaign manager Alex Koren.

Nevertheless, the revelation a year later that she cast the only vote in Florida against banning child sex dolls drew sharp criticism from political opponents.

Florida is one of only three states, along with Kentucky and Tennessee that has specifically banned child-like sex dolls.  The Florida statute was spearheaded by Sen. Lauren Book, a Plantation Democrat.

Now Buchanan said he plans to champion the legislation at the federal level.

If he can’t pass it in the remaining weeks of this year, he will reintroduce it again in the 2021 Session of Congress. That presumes he beats Good in November.

Notably, there was opposition to the legislation as it made its way through the Florida Legislature. The Prostasia Foundation, a child sexual abuse prevention group, argued the use of such prosthetic sex dolls by pedophiles was far preferable to the actual rape and molestation of children.

But supporters argue feeding the banal appetites of pedophiles escalates their sexual interest in children.

“Just as viewing child pornography lowers the inhibitions of child predators, so do these child-like sex dolls that have no place in the state of Florida,” Book argued in the Senate.

Buchanan said the effort to stop the sale of the dolls goes hand-in-hand with work he has done to combat human sex trafficking. He has crafted legislation with Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Boca Raton Democrat, to fight the practice, while working closely with advocates at Sarasota-based Selah Freedom on the issue.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Byron

    September 3, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Buchanan is using this for political purpose. It has already been explained by Good. Vern is just desperate and a Trump mini me.

  • James Robert Miles

    September 4, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Got nothing else better to do? Hey Vern, there is a pandemic going on and since there is a lot of people staying home with nothing else better to do. Nice to know our politicians are out there looking out for the interests of the public that they are supposed to serve, NOT!

  • Barbara H

    September 5, 2020 at 2:12 am

    From what I understand, sexologists and psychologists are mostly shaking their heads and saying “No, there’s no evidence that child sex dolls contribute to child molestation”.

    If we are going to lock people up at great expense for merely owning these hunks of rubber, we should be very sure they are harmful. They may be beneficial, or neutral, in which case it is frankly evil of us to consider ruining a young man’s life over this.

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