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This Japanese Businessman Wants To Sell Childlike Sex Dolls To "Help" Paedophiles

Over 55,000 people have signed a petition asking for the importation of his dolls into Australia to be stopped.

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The man behind a business that exports "child model" sex dolls from Japan says reactions to his products are "simply hysterical" after a petition to stop the importation of the dolls to Australia has garnered over 55,000 signatures.

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Shin Takagi is the founder of Trottla, a Japanese company that speciailises in sex dolls. A decade ago the company began selling "child model" sex dolls in what it called an effort to to help paedophiles deal with their sexual urges.

Speaking to The Atlantic earlier this year, Takagi confessed he was a paedophile – a statement he now denies.

"They are just dolls," Takagi told BuzzFeed News via a translated email. "They don't hurt anybody. Fearing a beast drawn in paintings, to me, can't possibly be a reaction of a person from a civilised country."

"Through communicating with the customers, I've realised the possibility of helping paedophiles and contributing to the society," he said.

Takagi also said more than 70% of his customers are pedophiles.

"I deeply understand the feeling parents have. But human beings can be so cruel to others in order to protect the ones that they love and treasure. A lot of the people who are called pedophiles are not monsters. They are good citizens with obedience. That's the more reason they abide by the laws and control themselves in reality. To control their desires, they use the dolls I create."

Takagi's advocacy for the dolls is now causing controversy outside of his native Japan. In Australia, a petition has been started demanding a ban on the sale of child sex dolls in Queensland.

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Created by Melissa Evans, who is a grandmother, the petition is addressed directly to Queensland's premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and asks the government to "prohibit the import of child sex dolls."

"The manufacture and sale of these sickening 'aids for paedophiles' will be ceased globally," wrote Evans.

Speaking to The Atlantic earlier this year, Takagi said being a paedophile was like "living with a mask on."

"We should accept that there is no way to change someone's fetishes," he said. "I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically. It's not worth living if you have to live with repressed desire."

A spokesperson for the Australian Federal Police told the ABC in March that the dolls are "already illegal".

"Anatomically correct dolls that represent underage persons are considered child exploitation material under state law and are therefore are illegal."

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However, Dr. Vivienne Cass, a sexual therapist, psychotherapist, and consultant clinical psychologist, told BuzzFeed News the use of sex dolls "could be helpful."

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"Many guys with an attraction to children do not want to act on these attractions, either because they do not like them because they are directed towards minors, or because they fear possible consequences such as being charged, jailed, publicly exposed," she said.

"So engaging with a doll provides a safe and private outlet."

Dr. Cass was also quick to note the probable public reaction to the dolls' importation into Australia, as well as the possibility the dolls may "reinforce the sexual need that lead someone to want to have sex with children."

"Just as any kind of sexual expression will reinforce any form of sexual act that is engaged in. Whatever we do, think about, feel during a sexual act strengthens the psychological need behind it and the neurological pathways that are linked to it, and the more we repeat the act, the stronger will be the conditioning," she said.

Dr Cass. said Western society had become "hysterical" when it came to attraction to children, saying many people who are attracted to children do not act on their desires, instead seeking help from psychologists so as not to bring harm.

"Perhaps having access to sex dolls might be considered a compassionate act for such individuals," she said.

"At this time we simply do not know what the effects of using child sex dolls might be. The best we can do is look at the use of adult sex dolls, and in this there is little evidence that this causes harm to the individuals concerned or to others around them."

A spokesman for Queensland's attorney general, Yvette D'Ath, said the state government was asking the Commonwealth to prevent the doll's importation.

"The Queensland government is committed to using any means at its disposal to prevent and disrupt anything that encourages child exploitation."

"These 'dolls' are utterly repugnant and the state government calls on the Commonwealth to use its agencies to prevent their importation into Australia."

Meanwhile, Takagi says he can't waste time "arguing against emotional organisations or petitions."

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"The reactions at the moment are just simply hysterical. I hope the citizens of your country think in their own brains first and then proceed to the discussion."

"I wish your country and your citizens happiness. But it's not my responsibility how your country turns out in the future. It is all up to you guys to make decisions."

"I don't create dolls for fame or wealth. My work exists for the needed. The proposition is — how close can you come before you are a human being?"

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Brad Esposito at bradley.esposito@buzzfeed.com.

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