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Florida governor signs ban on child-like sex dolls

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Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law on Thursday a bill to ban child-like sex dolls in his country.

The bill “prohibits a person from knowingly have in his or her possession, custody or control an obscene, childlike sex doll.” Lawmakers unanimously approved the measure. Violation of the law is a first degree felony. Violations thereafter will result in a second degree felony.

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“These are anatomically correct, lifelike silicone dolls that look eerily like real human children, made for the sole purpose of sexual gratification, the” Democratic state Sen. Lauren Book said in a statement. “Just as the viewing of child pornography reduces the inhibitions of child predators, so do this child-like sex dolls that have no place in the state of Florida.”

Silicon sex dolls for sexual encounters down at the “Bordoll brothel on the 17th of April in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A legislative analysis led to the conclusion that child-like sex dolls imported from China, Japan and Hong Kong are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., which is a part of the $15 billion sex toy industry, according to The Associated Press.

The proponents of the bill argued that the dolls should be treated as a form of child pornography, while others said the dolls could prevent pedophiles from preying on children, Orlando Weekly reported.

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The law goes into effect Oct. 1.

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