We need to talk about the robot sex brothel

I can’t avoid it any longer.

In a surprise reveal last week, a Toronto businessman announced that he would be opening the nation’s first robot sex brothel in Houston.

The business, set to open its doors later this month or in early October, will allow customers to rent or purchase a robotic sex doll that, according to the company’s founder, is “warm and ready to play.”

As you might imagine, people had opinions about this.

KinkySdollS, a Canadian company that opened the first North American robot brothel last year in Toronto, unofficially announced via Facebook last month that its first enterprise outside Canada would be in Houston, confirming on the company website that the business was “coming soon” to the Bayou City.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city is currently reviewing existing ordinances — or will consider drafting new ordinances — that could restrict or regulate such enterprises.

“This is not the kind of business I would like to see in Houston, and certainly this is not the kind of business the city is seeking to attract,” Turner said in a written statement to the Houston Chronicle.


The brothel would apparently not be illegal under current laws, according to experts.

“Unfortunately, there are currently no laws in the U.S. to prevent the sale of the type of dolls intended for this ‘robot brothel,’” said Houston attorney Richard Weaver, who specializes in business law.

“Unless a new ordinance is passed, this business will likely open and operate in Houston,” Weaver said.

Albert Van Huff, a Houston attorney who is familiar with Houston’s sexually oriented business ordinances, said that robot brothels would likely fall under the city’s definition of an adult sexual operation, however, and could likely be regulated for visibility and distances from schools, churches and other religious facilities.

I’ll be honest, I kind of want there to be some litigation over this, just so I can read the briefs and see the arguments. You just know there’s an attorney somewhere who’ll be thinking “three years of law school and months of cramming for the bar exam, for this”. Reading the story, it sounds like there’s a solid public health argument for not allowing the dolls to be rented. Beyond that, I confess I don’t quite get all the fuss. In the year of our Lord 2018, I’ve got bigger things to worry about.

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3 Responses to We need to talk about the robot sex brothel

  1. Bill Daniels says:

    Houston and Harris County seem happy to harass men who seek out prostitutes. Now a company comes along with a legal alternative that will actually contribute to the tax base and potentially lessen the illegal sex trade, and Sly wants to deep six it the same way he’s trying to stop the illegal alien prisons.

    Why can’t Texas seem to rid itself of the vestiges of Blue Laws? We look at Austin and blame Republicans for keeping the crony capitalist 3 tier liquor laws in place, blame them for keeping gambling illegal, and keeping pot illegal, and then we have deep blue Houston doing the exact same thing, trying to criminalize a sex business where there can’t possibly be a victim.

    Sly is so concerned about getting more tax money for his government operation, maybe he should stop trying so hard to keep out businesses that would actually contribute to that tax base.

  2. Jason Hochman says:

    Now Sly has determined that they don’t have the right building permit. Of course, try walking down W 19th or W 20th in the Heights, sidewalks blocked every where by construction, and I don’t see any sidewalk closure permits. Not safe walking there, but City Hall won’t do anything, because, I am sure, these developers pay their dues to the corrupt Democrat rule.

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