If you’re browsing through sex toys online, you’ll probably come across sex dolls sooner or later. There’s a massive range of sex dolls, with manufacturers offering complete female and male dolls, as well as body parts like torsos and heads.
You might find yourself wondering if sex dolls are legal and if you can buy one in your country, without getting in trouble with the law. Across the developed world, sex dolls are very much a legal product you can buy online, without the fear of the government interfering with your freedom.
In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the legality of sex dolls, and what you need to be aware of when placing your order.
A Brief History of Sex Dolls
Sex dolls first appeared in the late 1960a on the back of sex magazines like Hustler and Playboy. These crude dolls were nothing more than plastic blow-up models that had more in common with a shopping bag than a real person.
It would be nearly 30-years before the industry experienced innovation in sex doll design and manufacturing practices. In 1996, the first “RealDoll” appeared on the market, with silicone skin and realistic facial features.
Some 25-years later, and sex dolls are more realistic than ever before, with designs that look so lifelike, they’ll take your breath away.
Are Sex Dolls Legal?
Sex dolls are legal in Europe and America, and you don’t have to worry about the police knocking on your door after you order a sex doll. You might have issues with ordering a sex doll if you live in the Middle East or Southeast Asia, where Islamic law prohibits these toys.
Is a Sex Doll Brothel Legal?
The first-ever sex doll brothel opened its doors in Toronto, Canada, in late 2017. “Aura Sex Dolls,” garnered much attention and outrage from local communities, but some 2-years later, the brothel remains open, with a growing client list.
Sex doll brothels also found a residence in Houston, Texas, with much of the local community in an uproar about the brothel. Why anyone would choose the Lone Star State to open a sex doll brothel is a good question, considering the sizeable Christian community in Texas.
Still, sex dolls remain legal in the U.S and Europe, with more entrepreneurs opening sex doll brothels around the world, from Switzerland to Tokyo.