Okay, I need to ask a perfectly legitimate question here-- who sits around all day thinking of things that people on the registry might potentially do so a proactive law like this one could be passed? Politicians are some of the creepiest people.
It took a real sick mind to come up with an offensive acronym too. Interestingly enough, the term "creeper" has nothing to do with actual registered persons, so these out-of-touch politicians just pulled something off the internet and misused it.
The bill, not the idiots who wrote it, is the nominee here, though.
CREEPER Act would ban sex dolls portraying children
Sex dolls exist and nobody is trying to ban them — but what about sex dolls portraying children?
What the bill does
The CREEPER Act would prevent the distribution or importing of such child sex dolls in the U.S. The products are primarily manufactured in Asia and feature portrayals of girls as young as age five.
The full name is the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act.
The bill was introduced in December 2017 by Rep. Daniel Donovan, Jr. (R-NY11). It’s labelled H.R. 4655 in the House.
What supporters say
Supporters argue the bill would prevent a new and growing problem among pedophiles.
“It’s a uniquely vile person who preys on children to fulfill horrific pedophilic urges. During my 20 years as a prosecutor, I put away animals who played out their disgusting fantasies on innocent children. What I saw and heard was enough to make anybody sick,” Donovan said in a press release.
“Now, as a legislator in Congress, I’m introducing a bill to ban the newest outlet for pedophiles: child sex dolls. They don’t belong in our communities.”
What opponents say
GovTrack Insider was unable to locate any statements of opposition to the bill from a sitting member of Congress, unsurprisingly. However, some could argue that no actual human children are directly harmed by sex dolls portraying children, however uncomfortable it may make some people feel.
One of the dolls’ primary manufacturers, Japan’s Shin Takagi, argues that the dolls help prevent pedophilia towards actual children. “We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes,” Takagi told The Atlantic. “I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically. It’s not worth living if you have to live with repressed desire.”
Even though Takagi suggests that using the dolls would prevent people from engaging in real-life crimes involving children, the evidence may seem to suggest otherwise. After the U.K. passed a law banning the importation of such dolls, The Guardian quoted Deputy Director for Intelligence Operations at the Border Force Dan Scully as saying, “These items were going to individuals, in many cases, who were committing other offences in relation to [the] harm of children.”
Odds of passage
The bill has attracted a bipartisan mix of 12 cosponsors: nine Republicans and three Democrats.
It awaits a possible vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
This article was written by GovTrack Insider staff writer Jesse Rifkin.
H. R. 4655
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
December 14, 2017
Mr. Donovan (for himself, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Marino, Mr. Rutherford, Ms. Barragán, Ms. Tenney, Mr. Bacon, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire, Miss Rice of New York, Mr. Gowdy, and Mr. Bishop of Utah) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation or transportation of child sex dolls, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act of 2017 or as the CREEPER Act of 2017.
The Congress finds as follows:
(1)There is a correlation between possession of the obscene dolls, and robots, and possession of and participation in child pornography.
(2)The physical features, and potentially the personalities of the robots are customizable or morphable and can resemble actual children.
(3)Some owners and makers of the robots have made their children interact with the robots as if the robots are members of the family.
(4)The robots can have settings that simulate rape.
(5)The dolls and robots not only lead to rape, but they make rape easier by teaching the rapist about how to overcome resistance and subdue the victim.
(6)For users and children exposed to their use, the dolls and robots normalize submissiveness and normalize sex between adults and minors.
(7)As the Supreme Court has recognized, obscene material is often used as part of a method of seducing child victims.
(8)The dolls and robots are intrinsically related to abuse of minors, and they cause the exploitation, objectification, abuse, and rape of minors.
3.Prohibition of importation or transportation of child sex dolls
Section 1462 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—
(1)in paragraph (a), by striking or at the end;
(2)in paragraph (b), by striking or at the end;
(3)by inserting after paragraph (c) the following:
(d)any child sex doll; or
(4)by adding at the end the following:
In this section, the term child sex doll means 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.