A business selling sex dolls has been fined over its try before you buy scheme. Lovedoll UK, was allowing potential customers a
first hand experience of their product using a bedroom on its premises. The dolls cost up to £2,000 and the try before you buy option is £50.
The company's owner was fined £10,000 at Gateshead Magistrates' Court. A massive fine for a victimless crime that is many times more than for some violent crimes that have hit the headlines this week
Gateshead Council workers visited the company's premises after claims that it was a sex doll brothel. They claimed that such a use would require a sex establishment licence, which had neither been sought nor granted.
Brits are being warned they could be breaking the law by bringing them to certain countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives. The Sun look at the countries around the world where sex toys are banned
Pornography is a banned item in the Maldives -- and sex toys come under that bracket. The Daily Star reports that local man Musthafa Hussein was jailed for six months for possessing sex toys there.
Malaysia Don't pack your vibrator as it counts as an obscene object. The country's penal code states that the possession of any obscene objects whatsoever can be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with
fine, or with both.
Saudi Arabia is another country where sex toys aren't allowed. Sex toys come under the category of pornographic material, which is banned there. Even massagers which are present in an immoral way are banned by customs.
Dubai, one of the United Arab Emirates is a holiday favourite with Brits - but don't try taking any sex toys there.
Thailand is another country where you can get in trouble by trying to bring sex toys in. Sex toys count as obscene objects which are banned by the Thai authorities and are on the country's list of prohibited goods. But fear not there are
plenty examples of the banned products on sale in Thailand's street markets.
Massagers aren't banned in India - unless they have a phallic shape.
You will have sex toys confiscated if you try to bring them into Vietnam . However according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs: The objects will be kept and returned to the passengers when they exit Vietnam.
Paris councillors are due to decide on the future of a business where clients are charged 89 euro to spend an hour with a
silicon sex doll.
Communist councillors and feminist groups have been calling for the closure of Xdolls. Currently, Xdolls is registered as a games centre, but opponents argue it is effectively a brothel. (brothels are illegal in France)
Xdolls is located in an anonymous-looking flat in the French capital and opened last month near the Miromesnil Metro station.
Customers make their booking and payment online, and the exact address is kept secret. Not even the neighbours are aware of the nature of the business.
But its critics want to see it shut. Nicolas Bonnet Oulaldj, a communist councillor, is taking the matter before the Council of Paris. He claimed
Xdolls conveys a degrading image of the woman.
Lorraine Questiaux, lawyer and spokesperson for a Paris feminist association bizarrely claimed:
Xdolls is not a sex shop. It's a place that generates money and where you rape a woman.
Paris councillors have rejected a motion targeting a business where clients pay to spend an hour with a realistic silicone sex doll.
Communist councillors and feminist groups had called on the Council of Paris - the body responsible for governing the city - to study the possibilities of closing Xdolls. They claimed it was demeaning to women - and effectively a brothel.
But police visited the establishment before the council meeting and declared no laws were being broken.
New York's Museum of Sex is offering free rides on its Cowgirl sex machine.
Like something out of the Barbarella universe, the Cowgirl is perhaps a distant cousin of the mechanical bull. Sizable yet sleek, the Cowgirl consists primarily of a vibrating saddle equipped with two possible silicone attachments. MoSex
understandably opted for the Rawhide version, which has a small silicone nub. The dildo option is a little ndiscreet for public pleasures. And just to confirm, the sex machine trial is strictly 'over the clothes'. But just in case, the ride is
regularly wiped down with string cleaners.
The woman riding the Cowgirl with abandon at 3:30 p.m. on a Friday was certainly making a strong case for the efficacy of the silicone nub. As she messed with the toy's remote control, I could hear the whirr of vibrations intensifying, an
escalation mirrored by her moans. Just when I thought I was about to witness a stranger climaxing in a damn museum, she dismounted, muttered that was intense, and promptly shuffled to another room.
MoSex encourages visitors to not only feel objects like its current sex machine offering but to ride them, too. Smack dab in the middle of a gallery space, the Cowgirl enthusiasts break down the boundaries that separate art and toys,
exhibitionists and voyeurs, engaging in public acts that they might never have otherwise.
Along with displaying two Cowgirl machines, the compact MoSex exhibit provides a cursory look at the history of sex toys, starting with the 18th century invention of vibrators as medical devices meant to combat female hysteria. Dildos, MoSex
points out, date back to ancient Greece, where enlightened men, such as 2nd century astronomer Galen, believed that female semen built up in single women's blood over time, poisoning it.
Aarhus has become the first city in Denmark to gain a sex doll brothel.
Doll House, which opened last week, offers services solely to male clients. The establishment is made up of five themed rooms that cater to a range of alternative tastes and preferences. These include a: classroom, living room and doctor's room.
Customers can choose from five different sex dolls, each with different names and aesthetic characteristics. The dolls are all made of thermoplastic rubber and stainless steel, weighing roughly 50 kilos. The venue's marketing tag line is:
The place where all gentleman are welcome and where girls don't say 'no'.
Sex doll brothels are becoming a bit of a trend, Aarhus is the fourth major city in Europe to open a sex doll brothel following Barcelona, Paris and Dortmund.
Realbotix, a California-based sex tech firm, is in the process of developing an advanced manbot that can offer
companionship to lonely women around the world.
Designed to give women pleasure with bionic penises better than vibrators, hunky male androids will cost between £8,000 ($11,000) and £12,000 ($15,000) when they go on sale.
Creator Matt McMullen, founder and CEO of Realbotix, told Daily Star Online he is aiming to release the male version of his trailblazing female Harmony sex robot in 2018 .
Users will be able to operate the male robotic head through an app, whose machine learning technology will develop dominant personality traits.
Dr Cathy O'Neil, a Harvard University mathematician, has claimed that sex robots could rending men obsolete. In an interview with Bloomberg, she claimed it is "entirely possible" that women could choose "dashing menbots"
instead of human males.
Kenya's film censorship board says it will not allow advertising of popular sex doll Samantha in media outlets.
KFCB boss Ezekiel Mutua likened the use of sex dolls to necrophilia. He said that the even though KFCB does not have mandate over importation of sex toys, it would not allow anybody to advertise the product. He spouted:
Anybody who dares to advertise those things will have KFCB to reckon with. Our mandate is on what Kenyans consume and advertising such things is immoral and wrong.
You cannot promote sex with a robot as a way of life. We must protect our children from such things. In my view there is no difference between having sex with Samantha and having sex with a corpse.
The UK's first sex doll 'brothel' has closed down before it had really started.
The 'brothel' was serviced by a single doll, Faith, which was rented out for £60 by Stephen Crawford. He ran the operation from his semi-detached home in a small village near Hamilton.
Steven Crawford hit the headlines when the Sunday Mail revealed he was offering romps with a lifelike latex model called Faith -- for £60 an hour. However it was early days for the business which had received just two customers.
Following publicity from media coverage, he removed the online ad for the rubber doll to avoid the risk of upsetting his neighbours.
South Lanarkshire Council said that it will be investigating to ensure public health is protected. Shirley Clelland, Head of Environmental Services at the council, said:
Environmental Services recognises that there are potential public health issues associated with this type of business and will be undertaking further investigation to determine what arrangements are in place to protect public health.
Crawford is now thought to be considering renting out the sex doll rather than let people pay for time with it in his home.
Two minutes' walk from Prague's Old Town Square, down a cobbled alleyway, situated opposite a high-end shop
selling porcelain and jewellery, is the world's one and only Sex Machines Museum .
As its name pithily suggests, this Czech Republic attraction is dedicated to the mechanics of rumpy pumpy from porcelain dildos to saucy walking sticks and a steam pump vibrator.
Exhibits range in size, from the huge (BDSM sex racks and a replica of Edward VII's 'love chair') to the tiny, a quite beautiful gallery of genital jewelry.
The museum opened in 2002 and immediately courted controversy. The then mayor of Prague attempted to close it following complaints from parents who felt the museum's window display -- involving ropes, leather, pulleys and a nun in fetish
gear -- was immoral. Fortunately, the museum weathered the adversity.
Some visitors to the Sex Machines Museum have criticised it for not being interactive enough as all the exhibits are displayed behind glass, or with strict instructions not to touch. But the 2015 revamp saw the installment of a small but perfectly
formed in-house cinema, and it's well worth a visit. If you can find a seat in the small screening room, you'll be treated to some of the best Spanish pornos from the 1920s. Purportedly shot for the pleasure of King Alphons XIII, the
performers are said to be a mix of the director's friends and street prostitutes.
Lovedoll UK, a major retailer of life-like sex dolls, has launched a try before you buy service in a warehouse on an industrial
park in Gateshead, Tyneside.
Customers can try out realistic sex dolls worth up to £2,000 at the company's warehouse, in sessions costing £100-an-hour.
Lovedoll UK owner Graham admitted that the try before you buy service is a precursor to a sex doll brothel akin to the Lumidolls venue in Barcelona, Spain.
We're offering the service to bring in more customers and convince those customers who are on the fence [about buying a sex doll], he said.
Lovedoll UK has already faced resistance from call girls working in Gateshead, in Tyne and Wear. Graham said sex workers are afraid his company will steal their jobs. He said:
I have spoken to escort services before about bringing sex dolls into brothels -- but they are scared. I don't know why they are, it may just require more of a vision than they have.
Graham allows clients to take his sex dolls into a room containing a double bed, lube and condoms for testing and inspection. Customers using the service must provide their contact details and pay in advance.
Update: Inevitably the miserable local council claims you can't play with a doll without a licence
A business selling adult sex dolls is being investigated over rmiserable concerns it could be operating without
Gateshead Council said it was investigating whether a sex establishment licence is required.
Such a licence covers premises selling sex videos, or venues where explicit films are shown to members of the public, and those where sexual entertainment such as pole dancing and strip shows take place. Shops selling sex toys have not generally
been required to get licences, though occasionally councils have tried to claim that licences were required.
Gateshead Council said:
We are currently trying to establish the facts so that all of the relevant services and agencies can be involved and an informed decision can be made about what action, if any, the council can take.
Bangkok police have taken legal action against a film company for putting up a stall selling sex toys
for filming purposes on Khao San Road.
The film makers had been given permission for the shooting of the Indian film Happy Bhag Jayegi Return on Khao San Road. According to the Bangkok Post the station gave permission because the company promised that the film-making would
promote Thailand with a positive image.
From 9.30am to 11.30am on Wednesday the crew had women wear swimsuits and placed stalls of swimsuits and adult toy signs on the road. After being reported, local police halted the film-making.
Police charged the crew and the film producer with causing public embarrassment and untidiness, blocking a road, and showing pornographic materials.
The police quoted actresses as saying that the scene was supposed to take place in China, with no mentioning of Khao San Road.
Happy Bhag Jayegi Return (2018) is a sequel to the comic-caper of the same title made in 2011. Indian actresses Sonakshi Sinha and Diana Penty star in it.
Life-size pillows of the K-Pop group GFriend have caused 'concern' in South Korea. Goods that are tribute to
K-pop girl band GFriend have angered fans because the objects can apparently be used as sex toys.
The life-size bolster pillows, 180 centimetres long and 60 centimetres wide with a full body image of each member colour-printed on top, are the target of a little ludicrous outrage.
A few people whinged that the goods for encouraging fans to hug the objects and perhaps do more than just hugging them.
They claim that the objects reminded them of Japanese dakimakura pillows which are adorned with life size sexy characters from manga or anime.
A few fans on the band's social network site said that they would boycott the band's merchendise. The boycott movement carries the hashtag #GFRIEND_goods_not buying.
Source Music said online it had decided to withdraw the products from sale.
Apparently merchandise has become a new barometer of popularity among K-pop fans and that sales are best not disrupted by anything controversial.