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Stay on target Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future Sex doll brothels aren’t exactly a booming business right now: For every secret bordello that opens, two more are shut down.That hasn’t stopped KinkySdollS owner Yuval Gavriel, who, bolstered by his Canadian rent-before-you-buy service, plans to launch ten dolly dens of iniquity in the US by 2020.“The States is a bigger market, and a healthier market and God bless Trump,” he said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.Though rampant across Europe—notably in Moscow and Barcelona (RIP Lumidolls’ Torin-based brothel)—robot prostitution remains scarce in North America, despite efforts from businessmen like Gavriel.His “showroom,” located in a warehouse near a Toronto emissions testing center, promises a “privet and luxuries location” where customers can spend 30 kinky minutes with a hunk of silicone for $80.Before opening the condo space in Canada, Gavriel consulted with a lawyer who told him that “there are no rules to it, but if you are smart you don’t go out and say you are operating a brothel,” he told the Examiner.Uh… Someone needs to give this guy some media training…Crossing the border into the US, Gavriel is eyeing Houston for his next cathouse “showroom,” set to feature on-site, short-term private rentals. The Texas city, according to an attorney-cum-brothel investor, has no laws against “this kind of service,” the owner said.Perhaps it’s high time to implement some regulations, though.Activists and experts (and local parents) want restrictions on sexbot bordellos—if nothing else, to protect consumer safety and public health.“It might make a very funny skit on Saturday Night Live if one of these go wrong, and control mechanisms break and the thing stars pulsating more than it’s supposed to,” George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf explained to the Examiner. “But that could create a very real physical hazard.”Or, as Foundation for Responsible Robotics leader Aimee van Wynsberghe sees it, they could provide a benefit to people with disabilities and the elderly: folks who “can’t use Tinder, or go the bar to pick someone up,” she said.(An idea that seems a bit old-fashioned, if you ask me.)The technology ethics professor, opposed to knee-jerk regulation, is researching potential benefits of sexbots, like promoting safer sex and providing therapeutic value.Opponents, meanwhile, believe the cyborgs could exploit human sex workers, further isolate people with sexual dysfunction, or alienate couples already struggling in the bedroom.Some efforts have been made already: As the Washington Examiner pointed out, U.S. House members in June unanimously passed the CREEPER Act banning the importation and interstate commerce involving “any child sex doll.” The Senate has not yet acted.Time is running out: KinkySdollS owner Gavriel revealed plans to open bawdy houses in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Arizona, and Atlanta.Dennis Hoff—proprietor of several legal whorehouses in Nevada—wants to pilot sex robots at his Moonlite Bunny Ranch. Learn everything you always wanted to know about sex robots (but were afraid to ask) and more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.