Sex robots are finding their way into more and more brothels across Europe with a model in Ireland being rented out for €100 an hour.
It might seem that only inconspicuous robotics companies are behind this emerging fetish, but Passion Dolly – a 32E busty blonde with a pout – is being leased by a pair of UK sex workers.
According to a leading London escort agency, London Wildcats, this won’t replace the real thing.
“There are constantly advances in technology at the moment, but nothing will able to replace a real woman.”
Men are paying €50 or €100 for between 30 and 60 minutes with the woman described as ‘Dublin’s most realistic sex doll’.
Passion Dolly might be unable to speak or move unaided, but her metal frame means she can be fixed into an assortment of sexual positions that any human would struggle with.
And weighing eight stone, the doll is meant to respond to the motions of intimacy like a human too.
“We’ve had her about a month and have had dozens of visitors, mostly Irish men and ranging in all ages,” one of the owners said.
“Some of them are a bit lonely, a few have social problems interacting with women, while others have a fascination with dolls.”
Twenty-one-year-old Dolly follows a line of robots moving their way into people’s sex lives, but has definitely upped the ante as manufacturers worldwide work to launch their version of the ultimate sex doll.
And truth be told, Passion Dolly looks quite lifelike in photos.
Lumi Dolls, based in Spain, can already claim to be ‘the first sex dolls agency of Europe’.
Their first brothel in Barcelona was in fact the first in Europe, but RoboLove ruffled the feathers of local sex workers so they moved elsewhere.
However, it has not deterred the company’s vision of having a London brothel.
Its owners continue to look for a brave businessperson ready to start a UK franchise in the international, and open-minded, capital city.
A spokesperson said: “All people have sexual fantasies that we cannot perform, either because they are embarrassed, or because they have some physical complex that does not allow them to perform these fantasies with a real woman.
“The doll does not judge and says no to nothing.”
Experts have echoed the benefits of artificial dolls from helping men and women to navigate sexual problems like erectile dysfunction and low libido, to giving people a tool to grow in sexual confidence.
It is estimated about 2,000 of them are sold each year in Japan, a country where men have swapped women for rubber for a number of years, using them not only for sex, but emotional intimacy and comfort in bed.
A report from the Foundation for Responsible Robotics in no way minced its words when it stated dolls can be healthy for healing when it comes to victims of trauma and, elderly and disabled people grappling with their sexual identity.
But the organisation’s warning, and campaigners calling for much tighter regulation, is that at no point should they be used for men to recreate rape – as is the case with dolls being imported with resistance settings and names like ‘Frigid Farrah’.
Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at Sheffield University, said: “Some say it’s better to rape a robot than a person, but others think it would encourage rape.”
While the world debates the law and ethics surrounding sex dolls, they continue to be used for pleasure, but only time will tell how much of an impact artificial intelligence has on our relationships and the sex industry as a whole.