Paedophiles could be allowed to use child sex robots to live out fantasies, ... trends now
Letting paedophiles live out their perverted fantasies using sex robots might stop them harming children, researchers have controversially suggested.
Adult-sized devices could also be used by potential rapists and others interested in violent sex, under the same theory.
Sickening child sex dolls can already be bought on some dark corners of the internet.
Although it is illegal to import a child sex doll into the UK, there is no law specifically making it an offence to own or make one.
Importing a child sex doll/robot is illegal in the UK and several other counties, this example was seized by police in Australia
There is no specific law in the UK regarding child sex robots or dolls.
However, people who import child sex dolls to the UK are punished under a customs law regarding bringing 'indecent' objects into the country.
This can result in up to seven years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.
There is no offence in the UK for simply possessing such a doll.
But possessing a photograph of one could be illegal under laws governing pseudo indecent image of a child.
Selling or distributing such dolls in the UK is also illegal.
It is up to the police to prove a doll imported into the country is for sexual purposes and has childlike features.
In legal guidance the Crown Prosecution Service list the younger the appearance of the doll the greater the public interest in prosecuting.
Adult sex robots are already available for around £3,000 and are capable of facial expressions and interactive conversations via AI.
Some experts claim child versions could present a therapeutic 'opportunity' and that studies are needed to work out 'preferred features' for paedophile users.
The team, from Czechia's National Institute of Mental Health, presented their highly contentious idea at a leading sexual health conference in Belgium.
They explored the idea of using sex robots among people with 'paraphilic interests in minors'.
Paraphilic is a broad term,