There have been reports of the arrest of an Australian, based in Sydney, for would have mattered a sex doll with childish qualities. This appears to be part of a larger trend, as concerns grow about a 653% increase in the number of similar products confiscated by authorities in just two years.
This most recent arrest is the latest in a long line of the same crime; Just nine months ago, in December 2020, Australian authorities discovered the open online sale of child sex dolls on Etsy and revealed that over 100 such dolls had been seized in just five month. This latest arrest follows the discovery and investigation of a suspicious package by Australian customs officials.
Border officers seized the package July 28 — declared and labeled as a clothing “mannequin”. Upon deepening the survey, they discovered that it did not contain a mannequin but a childish sex doll. The discovery was then turned over to Australian Border Force (ABF) authorities who then conducted a search warrant for property in southwest Sydney, which followed the arrest of a 23-year-old man. years on Wednesday September 8. The suspect in question was arrested for having imported “level 2 goods. “
A similar tactic was carried out last year, October 2020, with two Western Australian men in their 60s accused of the same crime, after ABF officials again discovered that the “mannequins” were child sex dolls. That same month, another 43 year old man was arrested after 11 such dolls were found in air cargo shipments. Dastardly products on Australia’s Level 2 Prohibited Goods List are legally considered in the country to be child abuse material.
According to Australia Customs Act, importing child sex dolls is a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment of up to ten years and / or fines of up to $ 525,000. Possession of such an object could also justify a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
ABF Commander Justin Bathurst declared that the ministry was dedicated to finding these products and capturing those responsible for importing them into the country. He explained the broader implications that these products may have on real children, “These dolls sexualize children, they are not harmless and do not prevent people from offending in the future.” Disturbingly, “these dolls often include instructions on how to use them, sometimes they come with children’s clothing or blankets with cartoon characters,” Bathurst explained.
“In my experience, they look like real children,” he said, also explaining that other child abuse materials are often found next to the dolls. In a declaration, the ABF revealed that it confiscated a total number of 226 child sex dolls (including parts) during fiscal year 2020 to 2021, exceeding 138 from the previous year. Officials also revealed that they will continue to work with other global officials, as the majority of products have been shipped to Australia from China, Japan, Hong Kong and more.
Although the rise is terrifying, according to Amanda Coppleman — ABF Superintendent Investigations and Sponsor Monitoring Unit QLD and NT — the percentage increase in child sex dolls might simply be an indication of the organization’s improved, efficient and diligent investigations.
VICE Notes the lack of clarity as to whether this increase may be correlated with the COVID-19 pandemic, citing its own investigation into the large spike in adult sex dolls distributed online in the past 18 months; with an Australian Federal Police spokesperson who told the publication that the amount of child abuse content online is growing so rapidly that some sites are even going down.
Karen Andrews, Federal Minister of the Interior, declared that “the Morrison government is serious about cracking down on this heinous crime… This National Child Protection Week, I call on all Australians to help us in this fight. Take the threat seriously, learn the warning signs, start a discussion, and help protect children. “