Our investigation exposing Etsy for selling child sex abuse dolls

News.com.au reports on our investigation today

Etsy claims to be a “global marketplace for unique and creative goods. It’s home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures."

So how do child sex abuse dolls fit in?

We have discovered hundreds of lifelike sex dolls on Etsy. Many of these dolls are designed and sized to look like children.


This doll, with a distressed facial expression, is the height of an average 11-12 year old girl.

News.com.au home page today:


news.com.au: Etsy seller providing childlike sex dolls modelled off 14-year-old Instagram star

In our investigation, spearheaded by Campaigns Manager Melinda Liszewski, we posed as a potential buyer and approached sellers of child sex abuse dolls on Etsy. We exposed child sex abuse dolls modelled on a 14-year-old Instagram model. We then sent the seller computer-generated images of non-existing children and asked if they could make child sex abuse dolls that resembled the girls in the images. The seller indicated he could:


Campaigns Manager Caitlin Roper was quoted:

“Men who are found with child abuse dolls are also (often) found with other forms of child sex abuse material, including things like photos and videos of children and babies being raped and tortured,” said Collective Shout campaign manager Caitlin Roper, who is also completing a PHD at RMIT University researching sex dolls and robots.

“There are reported scenarios from this year of men still incorporating living children into their child sex abuse doll use.”

Ms Roper cited research from the Australian Institute of Criminology, which concluded there was no evidence these products prevented child sexual abuse.

“Instead, they present a risk of escalation and may actually increase the likelihood of child sexual abuse,” she said.

The providers of the childlike sex dolls have proved they will go to extraordinary lengths to supply customised material to abusers, Ms Roper told NCA NewsWire.

“Men could see a girl out in public, take a photo and say, ‘I want a doll modelled on her’,” she said.

“They could send in photos of children they know or have some kind of caretaking power over, so there’s lots of ways men can use this to victimise living children.

“It’s a new way they can be victimised and abused even without their knowledge and without their presence.”

When NCA Newsire contacted Etsy, they swiftly deactivated the account. But Etsy has known about child sex abuse dolls on their platform for months, and they ignored us. And what about all the other child sex abuse dolls still being sold through their platform, as well as those dolls which can be customised to resemble children upon request? What are they doing about that? 

More media coverage of our campaign

Daily Mail: Etsy seller makes sex dolls based off a picture of a real child

Caitlin Roper, the Collective Shout campaign manager, said child sex dolls 'legitimise and normalise men's sexual use and abuse of children'.

'Defenders of child sex abuse dolls claim that they could prevent child abuse, but there is no evidence for this,' she told Daily Mail Australia.

'There was a case in Florida this year where a child sex abuse doll was apparently modelled on the image of an eight-year-old girl posted to social media.'

Ms Roper said customisable sex dolls were 'a new technologically-mediated way to victimise children'.

'Even when child sex abuse dolls are not necessarily being advertised, some sellers will customise dolls to appear child-like, or even based on buyers specifications.

'Men could commission child sex dolls to be made of children they know, children in their care, children whose images have been publicly shared to social media, or children they have seen out in public,' she explained.

Australians who purchase these dolls face up to 20 years prison. So why is Etsy allowing child sex abuse doll vendors to sell through their platform?

Because you took action in the past, we succeeded in getting Wish Shopping and Alibaba to remove child sex abuse dolls from their platforms. Now it’s time for Etsy to do the same.



Etsy is one of the corporate offenders on our 2020 Crossed Off list- vote with your wallet, and don't shop at Etsy this Christmas.

Watch our Campaigns Manager Caitlin Roper in a video presentation "Better a robot than a real child": Responding to arguments in support of child 'sex' dolls


Tell Etsy to remove child sex abuse doll vendors from their platform- Facebook Twitter

Tell PayPal to disallow these vendors from processing payments- Facebook Twitter

See also:

Not a ‘Victimless’ Crime: How Child Sex Abuse Dolls Facilitate Crimes Against Children- FiLiA

No evidence child sex dolls prevent child sexual abuse, says report

“Better a robot than a real child”: The spurious logic used to justify child sex dolls - ABC Religion and Ethics

Collective Shout welcomes Alibaba’s removal of child sex abuse doll listings

“It comforts offenders in their actions”: The problem with ‘virtual’ child sexual abuse material

Child sex dolls removed from online store Wish

Child sex abuse dolls: the facts

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  • Caitlin Roper
    published this page in News 2020-11-20 17:44:05 +1100

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