Jurists United to Stop Trafficking Imitation Child Exploitation (JUSTICE) Act of 2019 (HR 4150, 116th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Referred to House subcommittee
Date of Last Action
Aug 28 2019
Congressional Session
116th Congress
Date Introduced
Aug 2 2019
Publication Date
Jan 8 2020

SciPol Summary

The Jurists United to Stop Trafficking Imitation Child Exploitation (JUSTICE) Act of 2019 (HR 4150), prohibits the importation or transportation of “any child sex doll,” defined as “an anatomically-correct doll, mannequin, or robot, with the features of, or with features that resemble those of, a minor, intended for use in sexual acts.”

The JUSTICE Act of 2019 asserts that the purchase and use of childlike robotic sex dolls can lead to criminal tendencies. These include the ability to adjust the doll’s settings to simulate rape, allowing potential rapists to learn to subdue their victims. Furthermore, according to the bill, customizable and morphable components of robotic sex dolls mean they can mimic children’s appearances. And when users and potentially children are exposed to use of these dolls, it normalizes submissiveness and sex between adults and minors.

The JUSTICE Act of 2019 has the same text as does the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act of 2017 (HR 4655, 115th Congress), which passed the House unanimously but stalled in the Senate. Despite the bipartisan support in the House, critics focused on the bill’s hyperbolic claims, saying those claims lacked evidential support.

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