Sex-Dolls That Are Child-Like Violate Penal Provision Banning Child Abuse: Norwegian Supreme Court [Read Judgment]

Sex-Dolls That Are Child-Like Violate Penal Provision Banning Child Abuse: Norwegian Supreme Court [Read Judgment]

The Supreme Court of Norway has passed a judgment interpreting the position of law on sex dolls. The highest court of the country has held that sex dolls that represent child-like qualities amount to violation of the penal code as they amount to sexualisation of children.

Section 311 of the Norwegian Penal Code lays down the law banning sexualisation of children. It says that

'...any person who produces … a depiction which sexualises children" or acquires, imports or possesses [such] depictions may incur a fine or prison sentence'

The present case involved the importing of certain sex dolls from Hong Kong which looked like bodies of children with oral, anal and vaginal openings.

While interpreting the provision, the court applied a wider approach to the phrase 'manufacturing materials that sexualise children' in order to include 'any presentation of any medium, including animated representations, manipulated or otherwise artificially produced'.

While rejecting the appeal filed by a person who was arrested for possessing one of such dolls, the court opined that these dolls clearly depicted childlike attributes and are meant for sexual purposes. Hence, the prohibition under section 311 is clearly attracted.

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