Backlash on the plan for the first ‘robot sex brothel’ in the USA
The first so-called ‘robot sex brothel’ in the U.S. scheduled to open in the Houston area, has led to a massive opposition from residents and activists who say it will ruin the neighborhood.
The mayor of Houston is exploring options in an effort to “limit or regulate” the first so-called “robot sex “brothel” in the United States is scheduled to open this month in the city.
“This is not the kind of company I would like to see in Houston, and certainly this is not the nature of the business of the City is to attract,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in an e-mail statement to Fox News.
His office said: it is not correct to speak of a “brothel,” and pointed out that Yuval Gavriel, the founder of KinySdollS, calls it a showroom. Gavriel said customers can try out the merchandise.
Gavriel made the announcement last week in The Washington post, telling the paper he plans to expand to 10 locations in the U.S. in 2020.
The company opened its first location last year in the Toronto area, where $60 buys a half hour alone with a robot sex doll, according to the Examiner. The dolls start at $2,500.
Turner said: “the city is currently in the process of the existing regulations may limit or regulate such companies and looking for an upgrade of our regulations to cover this type of companies.”
Residents and activists have leveled against the brothel, which Gavriel described as a “showroom” where customers can test and rent dolls before you decide to buy.
“Children here in the neighborhood and it is a family-oriented neighborhood, and I live here and here that’s just gross,” Andrea Paul told KTRK.
The company does not meet the definition of a sexually oriented business and requires just a user permit, ABC 7 News reported.
Despite the concerns, there are no rules for the sex robot business, the Examiner reported, questions and calls for legislative measures of legal experts and activists.
In June, Congress voted for a ban on the import and transport of sex robots and dolls that look like children.
The Reduction of Realistic Exploitative Electronic Paedophile Robots (CREEPER) Act was introduced by Rep. Then Donovan, R-new york, who said: these robots can lead to predators abusing children.
“Now, a few clicks on a computer can allow a predator to a despicable child sex doll. This is not only disturbing, but also a danger for the most innocent among us,” Donovan said in a statement. “Once an attacker tires to practice on a doll, it’s a small step to go over to a child.”
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.