Decision Maker Response

Daniel M. Donovan Jr.’s response

Oct 30, 2017 — Children are some of the most vulnerable and innocent among us and deserve to know that they will be protected. It’s hard to believe that there are people that prey on the innocence and pure nature of children, but it happens every day. Statistics show that 1 out of every 5 children in the U.S. is a victim of child sexual abuse.

Between new technology and an increasingly connected globe, pedophiles are finding new ways to target and groom children for abuse, connect to each other, and discover loopholes in laws to evade enforcement.

That is why it’s so important for our laws to evolve to constantly meet these new threats to prevent crimes, while also ensuring that that predators are brought to justice.

Today, we are seeing the scary new proliferation of child sex dolls. These dolls are lifelike silicone renderings of children and are used by pedophiles to live out their fantasies. They include “accessories” such as false eyelashes, wigs, warming devices, and lingerie. Not only are they disturbing, they are dangerous

Psychologists believe that these dolls could reinforce pedophilic behavior and encourage urges, potentially putting more children at risk to harm. Recent seizures of these dolls in the UK, Canada, and other global market places have highlighted the need for legislation to address this disturbing activity.

The dolls, which are imported from China and Hong Kong, are purposely labeled as mannequins or models to avoid detection in the mail. That is why I will be introducing legislation to ban the importation, sale, and distribution of child sex dolls in the United States.

This proactive bill will help protect children and ensure that these types of dolls don’t reach the U.S. The introduction of child sex dolls into the global marketplace is an extremely disturbing new phenomenon and one that needs to be met with robust legislation and enforcement.

As a legislator, but more importantly as a father, I will continue working to do everything possible to stop crimes against children.

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11)