A county in Texas has unanimously voted in favor of a ban on brothels that would feature robotic dolls geared for sexual pleasure, or “sexbots.”
The Harris County Commissioners Court, the county that includes Houston, voted Tuesday to reject the creation of a sexbot brothel, though they will still allow private purchases of such devices.
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan explained in an interview with local media that the ban was meant to help combat an industry known for its exploitative practices.
“These businesses can be havens for human trafficking and other serious crimes,” said Ryan, as quoted by ABC 13. “The revisions will allow law enforcement to better protect our community.”
In addition to banning sexbot brothels, the new regulations also mandate that adult entertainment businesses in the county must post information about human trafficking. Failure to do so can result in a $4,000 fine and up to one year in jail, according to local news outlet KHOU.
Recently, a Toronto, Ontario-based company named KinkySdolls attempted to open what is believed to be the first robot sex brothel in the United States in Houston.
Many, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, denounced the business and looked for ways to prevent it from opening shop in the nation’s fourth largest city.
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Source: Christian Post