Houston sex robot brothel gets pushback from religious group

HOUSTON, Texas -- It seems the days of the blow-up dolls are a thing of the past, as more realistic robots are the wave of the future.

"As disgusting as some people may find it, I think under the law, it's legal," attorney Steve Shellist said.

One Toronto-based sex robot maker has told media outlets there's a big market for his product, and he's planning to bring a robot brothel to Houston, Texas.

"As we sit here today, those types of products being sold, used or rented, is legal," he said.

Shellist said there's a statute in the Texas penal code that would make this business illegal, but that laws banning those types of businesses were ruled unconstitutional 10 years ago.

"So right now, the behavior that is listed in the statute is constitution, permissible," he said. "So yes, he can come here and set up shop."

Not so fast, though. One local organization who caught wind of it is quickly trying to press the brakes. There's already a petition online.

"We were absolutely horrified," said Micah Gamboa, with Elijah Rising.

Leaders of Elijah Rising have been cracking down on human trafficking and feel that this type of "robot brothel" will only set them back.

"Our biggest concern is that this sex brothel with robots is going to train men to become rapists," Gamboa said. "What's next? Is it child robots? Where's the line? Where is the boundary?"

Each "doll" has a name, a look and price tag in the thousands, if you want to buy one. But customers can also "rent before they buy," getting a room and a doll of their choice where they can "play and have fun," "fulfilling fantasies without limitations," according to the website.

"We can't allow these kind of public masturbation businesses to operate in our city," Gamboa said.

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