A very shocking moment as lifelike child sex dolls based on toddlers been marketed on one of the most world’s largest online retailers.
Investigators found a large number of the horrific items on the marketplace Alibaba, despite the Chinese company previously committing to removing child sex dolls from sale.
Australian campaign group Collective Shout, who fight against the sexualisation of girls, found the dolls which they branded some of the most “disturbing content” they have ever seen.
Dolls included replicas of children marketed as “sex dolls of men” with the listing boasting they are anatomically correct with replica genitalia.
Other listings included details from the sellers about how they can be “used” – including video guides.
Some of the dolls were as small as 2ft tall, which is about the height of a six-month-old baby, reports news.com.au.
And one listing included an 2ft 6in tall doll described as a “baby” that was “cute” and “soft”.
Another featured a female doll described as “small breast, young girl” that was so tiny it could be disassembled and kept in a suitcase.
The vile items were being sold for around £400 each by at least 18 different suppliers on Alibaba.
Collective Shout campaigner Melinda Liszewski said: “I’ve been an activist with Collective Shout for 10 years and this is the most disturbing content I’ve seen.
“It is deeply distressing to view.”
She added: “At a time when there is more awareness of child sexual abuse than ever, how is it that a multi-billion dollar mainstream corporation like Alibaba can profit from normalising the rape of babies?”
Owning a child sex abuse doll is illegal under Australian law – but the sellers were offering to ship to the country.
Ms Liszewski added some of the sellers of the child sex dolls the group uncovered were “verified” by the company.
Collective Shout is calling on credit card and money transfer companies to cease doing business with Alibaba until it takes action on selling child dolls.
This is not the first time the dolls have been uncovered in the site as well, with previous investigations in 2018 and January this year finding a trove of the items.
Alibaba has insisted it is proactive in policing its listings and that it will always take action to remove them when notified.
Collective Shout campaigner manager Caitlin Roper, who is researching female sex dolls and sex robots, said the dolls are far from harmless.
She said: “Child sex abuse dolls are designed to facilitate users’ fantasies of raping a child.
“This is not a victimless crime – these lifelike dolls normalise and legitimise the sexual use and abuse of children.”
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) issued tougher guidance in 2019 to help bring charges against anyone selling or importing child sex dolls in Britain.
UK Border Force agents have seized at least 230 child sex dolls since 2016 – with this then being referred to the police.
However, it is not actually illegal to posses a childlike sex doll in England and Wales.
But sickos could be prosecuted if they are caught”importing” one – such as by buying it from abroad online.
Anyone caught trying to bring the dolls in could be jailed for up to seven years based on the latest guidance from the CPS.
Children’s charity the NSPCC also warned that adults who use the dolls could be “desensitised” and go on to harm kids.
And the Australian Institute of Criminology found in a study that lifelike child sex dolls may lead to an increase in the abuse of real children.
In a statement, Alibaba said: “We maintain a robust product listing policy that prohibits the listing by third-party sellers of any items depicting or suggestive of sex involving minors, and third-party sellers in breach of the policy are subject to our disciplinary measures.
“After notification of a number of such listings, we have taken action to remove them.”