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Norway court rules child-like sex dolls violate criminal law
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Norway court rules child-like sex dolls violate criminal law

The Supreme Court of Norway on Tuesday determined that sex dolls mimicking child-like qualities represent the sexualization of children and violate criminal law.

This decision stems from an attempted 2016 import of a silicone doll from Hong Kong to Norway. The doll had the appearance of a child and contained “oral, vaginal and anal body openings.” The purchaser of the doll was convicted on charges that included “resisting the confiscation of a sex doll.”

The case was brought on appeal to the Supreme Court to challenge the text and purpose of Norway’s criminal statute section 311, which defines the depictions of child sexual abuse and sexualization. Per the criminal code, “any person who produces … a depiction which sexualises children” or “acquires, imports or possesses [such] depictions” may incur a fine or prison sentence.

In evaluating the statutory language, the court found that the manufacture of materials that sexualize children extends to “any presentation of any medium[, including a]nimated representations, manipulated or otherwise artificially produced.” The broad scope of relevant texts signaled to the court that there was legislative intent to punish any produced representation of sexualized children.

The court ultimately rejected the appeal, finding that the doll presented as a child-like figure and had qualities that indicated it was “meant for sexual purposes.”