Ashley Moody backs Vern Buchanan federal childlike sex doll ban
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The legislation expands a ban in place in Florida to all 50 states.

Attorney General Ashley Moody endorsed a federal childlike sex doll ban sponsored in Congress by Rep. Vern Buchanan.

“As Florida’s Attorney General and the Chair of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, I am proud to stand with Congressman Vern Buchanan in full support of HR 8236,” the Florida Republican said. “I urge members of Congress to pass this critical piece of legislation to protect our children.”

Buchanan, a Sarasota Republican, introduced the CREEPER Act 2.0, an evolution of the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act that passed in the House in 2018 but never moved in the Senate. Buchanan’s version of the bill bans possession of the dolls, in addition to the import and transport of the dolls.

Right now, only three states have such a ban in place: Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee.

“Attorney General Moody is a national leader on combatting human trafficking and I’m proud to have her support my bill protecting innocent children,” Buchanan said. “Nothing is more important than making sure our children are safe from predators. I am encouraged by the growing bipartisan support for my bill and will continue my efforts to get this bill signed into law as quickly as possible.”

While both Moody and Buchanan are Republicans, the bill is based on a state law sponsored in the Florida Legislature by Sen. Lauren Book, a Plantation Democrat.

“I am encouraged by the growing bipartisan support for my bill and will continue my efforts to get it signed into law as quickly as possible,” Buchanan said.

The bill has picked up 25 co-sponsors in the House, including Florida Democrats Alcee Hastings, Darren Soto, Donna Shalala, Stephanie Murphy and Kathy Castor and Florida Republicans John Rutherford, Brian Mast, Greg Steube, Ross Spano, Mario Diaz-Balart and Bill Posey. Buchanan and Hastings serve as co-chairs of the Florida Delegation.

Book has backed the bill, as have all the Sheriff’s from Florida’s 16th Congressional District, which Buchanan represents.

Buchanan said he sponsored the legislation following a report out of South Florida from a mother who said a sex doll on the market had been modeled on her young daughter.

Notably, Buchanan also introduced the bill after news broke that state Rep. Margaret Good, his Democratic challenger in November, cast the only vote against the Florida law. However, Good said her vote was changed to a ‘no’ in error and she supports the ban.

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]

One comment

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    October 19, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Every time you run a story like this I am inspired to send a few more bucks to Margaret Good’s campaign.

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