FL Delegation Co-Chairs Hastings and Buchanan Lead the Bipartisan Effort to Ban Childlike Sex Dolls Nationwide

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL, September 18, 2020 | comments

Florida Delegation Co-Chairs, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), announced their partnership on introducing H.R.8236, the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act 2.0, which bans the importation, sale and purchase, and possession of childlike sex dolls in the United States. In response to disturbing recent reports from NBC-TV Miami of a South Florida mother who discovered the likeness of her 8-year-old daughter was being used to produce and sell these dolls online, this legislation leads the national effort to ban the importation, sale and purchase, and possession of childlike sex dolls in the United States. (Please find a copy of the bill attached.)

“It is time we address the dangers of childlike sex dolls. These dolls not only violate children mentally and emotionally, but also deny their privacy rights,” said Hastings. “I was pleased to partner with Representative Buchanan on this vital effort to protect innocent children from exploitation. We cannot permit these products to make their way into Americans’ homes, potentially enabling a first step to even more heinous crimes against our children.”

“There is no more heinous crime than the sexual abuse or exploitation of children,” Buchanan said. “We need to enact a national ban on these obscene products that are known to encourage pedophilia. This is sickening and cannot be allowed to continue.”

Democratic Florida State Senator Lauren Book, the author of the Florida law, supports a national ban, stating that “these dolls have no place in our communities.”

“Our country needs to put our children's safety and welfare first,” said Selah Way Foundation President, Elizabeth Fisher. “Permitting the manufacturing and sale of child sex dolls condones pedophilia fantasies and allows them to get one step closer to abusing a real child.”

“Victims Refuse Silence firmly stands behind the CREEPER Act 2.0. The enabling of child-like sex dolls perpetuates the supply and demand factor of sexual abuse and trafficking of minors,” said Teresa J. Helm, survivor of Jeffrey Epstein and Co-Founder and Vice President of Victims Refuse Silence. “Additionally, child-like sex dolls enables pedophiles to perform sexual acts and violations, including rape, with real “life-like” and programmable dolls which potentially can be a stepping stone to abusing and trafficking a human child.”

Bill Summary

H.R.8236, the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act 2.0, strengthens the CREEPER Act introduced in the 115th Congress, which passed by voice vote but languished in the U.S. Senate. H.R.8236 strengthens past efforts by incorporating language from the Florida law enacted last year. In addition to banning the transportation and importation of child sex dolls, H.R.8236 also makes it illegal to sell or possess the dolls, which supports law enforcement efforts to curb access to these dolls nationwide. The disturbing nature of these dolls is demonstrated in the shocking story of a mother in South Florida who discovered in September 2020 that her eight-year-old daughter’s likeness was used to produce these dolls, which were sold by online retailers such as Amazon.

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.

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