Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved by voice vote H.R. 4655, the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act of 2017, or the CREEPER Act. This bill criminalizes the importation and transportation of child sex dolls. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today delivered the following statement in support of this bill on the House floor.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Today, we consider the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act of 2017. It criminalizes the importation and transportation of child sex dolls.

“I have mixed feelings today about bringing this bill to the floor. I’m happy that this legislation is moving through and we are taking steps to address a problem that very much needs to be addressed. I’m distraught, however, that this problem even exists – I am saddened that there are people in this world who would create realistic child sex dolls and distraught that there are people in this world who would buy them.

“These dolls are being manufactures in China, and Japan and being shipped all over the world. Customers can order bespoke dolls, providing pictures of specific children they would like the doll to resemble. They can indicate a preferred facial expression such as sadness or fear. These dolls can be programmed to simulate rape. The very thought makes me nauseous.

“While a small group of people advocate the use of these dolls to curb pedophilia – there is absolutely no scientific literature supporting this view. To the contrary, these dolls create a real risk of reinforcing pedophilic behavior and they desensitize the user causing him to engage in sicker and sicker behavior. They put our children in danger and we must not tolerate them.

“In April of this year, Amazon announced it was removing anatomically correct child sex dolls from its website. I call upon all internet based retailers and media platforms to do the same. Australia and the United Kingdom have already taken steps to criminalize the importation of child sex dolls—and are actively prosecuting these cases.  There is no reason that the United States should not follow suit.

“I’d like to thank Mr. Donovan of New York for introducing this bill. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I urge my colleagues to support this important legislation.”

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