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Are Child-like Sex Dolls Illegal?

by | Apr 4, 2019 | Criminal Law, General News, In The Media, Sexual Offence | 0 comments

What Are The Laws Surrounding “Child-like” Sex Dolls?

New guidances issued by the CPS to prosecutors look at what offences may be committed regarding “child-like” sex dolls, This comes after more than 200 seizures by Customs Officers in the last two years.

What Are The Potential Offences In Relation to Child-like Sex Dolls?

1) Importing obscene articles.

2) Publishing an article for gain or not, or having an article for publication for gain, which is obscene.

3) Sending an obscene article by post.

Is it illegal to own or make a child-like sex doll?

There is currently no crime in making or possessing a childlike sex doll, it is the importation or sending that triggers a potential offence.

What does childlike mean?

There is no definitive guide to what “childlike” means but size, characteristics and description will all be considered – this goes to the issue of obscenity.

This is one of the most troublesome legal issues. Ultimately it may be a matter for a Judge or Jury to decide if the issue isn’t clear cut.

Does the doll have to be made for sex?

Yes, because “obscenity” will be a the crux of the issue, the doll must have been made for sexual use. When deciding whether the doll’s design, accessories and advertised purpose will all be relevant.

What else has to be proved?

That depends which of the offences you are charged with. If it’s importing, it has to be proven that you knew it was unlawful to import them. If it’s one of possessing it for publication for gain, the prosecution will have to prove there would be some gain to be made.

How long could the prison sentence be?

Importation offences have a maximum of seven years, publishing obscene articles carries a maximum of five years, and the postal offence a maximum of one year. Ultimately the term will depend entirely on the charge(s).

How we can assist?

For full advice about these or any other offences, call us on 0161 477 1121 or email us for more information and let us help.

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