16 Feb 2018

Paris's first sex doll brothel opens its doors

In France, prostitution is illegal, but a man found a way to circumvent the law by using sex dolls instead of humans. 

Roxanne D'Arco
Roxanne D'Arco NewsMavens, France
Source: France Inter
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Why this story matters:

"This is a new form of sexuality" said Joaquim Lousquy to France Inter, one of the biggest radio stations in France.

In the first days of February, he opened the first legal brothel in Paris since 1946. At the moment, he "employs" three dolls: Kim, Lily and Sophia. Some male dolls may join them soon.

During his interview, Lousquy maintained that the dolls will help fight issues like human trafficking, but so far there seems to be little evidence of this. But then again, even anecdotal evidence -- like the Japanese man who built a child-like sex doll to help him control his urge to abuse children -- is deeply problematic.

Sex dolls are becoming mainstream, but we are completely unprepared for the ethical questions they raise. 

technology, mental health

Details from the story:

  • Prostitution is prohibited in France since 1946.
  • In February 2018, an establishment offering sex dolls opened in Paris.
  • So far, most of the clients were between 30 and 50 years old. Some identified as heterosexual, some not.
  • The sex doll industry says the dolls can help fight prostitution and human trafficking.
  • Unlike sex robots, Lousquy's silicon dolls are unable to speak. But they are more realistic, and also cheaper. A sex doll can cost between 1,500-2,000 euros whereas a sex robot can fetch up to 12,000 euros.
  • According to Lousquy, his brothel would never use a sex doll less than 1,40 meter tall.
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