South Korea has banned the importation of sex dolls. From the article:
While sex dolls are not illegal in South Korea, government customs agencies had blocked their import under a law that restricts materials that “corrupt public morals.”
However, the Seoul High Court said in January that sex dolls were for personal use and should be treated differently than pornography, which is heavily restricted under South Korean law. That decision was upheld by the supreme court in June.
The ruling has sparked a backlash, with one petition filed with the presidential Blue House gathering more than 237,000 signatures. The unidentified author of the petition argued that an influx of imported sex dolls could lead to an increase in sex crimes.
I’d love to see the supporting statistics for that last statement. Except, of course, there aren’t any. Someone just had a hunch.
What really surprises me is that pornography is “heavily restricted” in Korea. That doesn’t seem to jibe with conversations I’ve had with people who’ve been there.