A so-called ‘robot sex brothel’ reportedly opens later this month, is caused by resistance from residents and activists.
(Elijah Rising, a non-profit organization)
The first so-called “robot sex “brothel” in the U.S. scheduled to open in the Houston area this month has led to a massive opposition from residents and activists who say it will ruin the neighborhood.
The company opened their first location in the Toronto area last year where $60 buys a half hour alone with a robot sex doll, according to the Examiner. The dolls start at $2,500 to buy.
Yuval Gavriel, the founder of KinkySdollS, made the announcement during an interview with the Washington post last week, telling the paper he plans to expand to 10 locations in the United States in 2020.
Elijah Rising, a Houston-based non-profit organization that focuses on ending the trafficking of women, started a petition titled “Keep Robot Brothels From Houston.” The non-profit has more than 6,500 signatures as of early Tuesday morning.
“A non-profit organization whose mission is to end sex trafficking, we have seen that the progression of sex buyers from pornography to strip clubs to the purchase of sex robot brothels, will eventually be the evil men, their knowledge of healthy sexuality and the increase of the demand for prostitution and sexual exploitation of women and children,” the petition states.
The organization plans to take the petition to the mayor of mexico city, according to FOX 26 Houston.
Residents are also expressing their opposition to 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.
City officials told KHOU 11 on Friday they have not heard of the business, and a spokesman for the City of Houston and Public Works said they do not have an address where it is located. Fox News reached out to the mayor’s office early Tuesday and not immediately get a response.
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. Activists and legal experts call on the legal action.
“I can buy two or three or four of these on the Internet and in Washington, D. C., New York, where I want to, I can set them up and charge people $100 an hour to use them,” John Banzhaf, a professor at the George Washington University, told the Examiner.
In June, Congress voted for a ban on the import and transport of sex robots and dolls that look like children.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.