Australians Are Buying Disturbing Numbers of Childlike Sex Dolls

Australians Are Buying Disturbing Numbers of Childlike Sex Dolls

July 30, 2020 Off By VICE Staff

Australians are ordering disturbing quantities of childlike sex dolls, according to the nation’s Border Force, who have confiscated dozens of packages at the border over the past six months alone.

According to data obtained by, a grand total of 31 of these dolls were intercepted in air cargo in the first half of 2020.

“Australian Border Force [ABF] officers at our air cargo and mail facilities are actively targeting these dolls, which are a prohibited import and are considered child abuse material,” said an ABF spokesperson.

The revelation comes just weeks after Australian anti-sexpoitation group Collective Shout called out Chinese online shopping company Alibaba for selling sex dolls that look like children.

“I’ve been an activist with Collective Shout for 10 years and this is the most disturbing content I’ve seen,” media spokeswoman Melinda Liszewski wrote in a release published to their site. “It is deeply distressing to view.”

Liszewski and her team had discovered some dolls on the site “as small as 65cm, the size of a six-month-old baby.”

In a happy turn of events, however, Alibaba vowed to remove all listings of child abuse dolls from their platform just a week later.

Meanwhile, back at the border, officers confiscating the dolls are working with prosecutors to identify who might be purchasing such products.

It’s been illegal in Australia to buy, own, or sell childlike dolls since September 2019, and perpetrators can be charged with importing Tier 2 goods—a crime which, if convicted, can incur up to 10 years’ imprisonment and/or fines of up to $525,000.