I recently learned about child sex dolls like the ones manufactured by Orient Industry in Japan, and I was mortified. The idea of a company making child size humanoid dolls made it feel like I’d been punched in the stomach. To imagine that people were making purchases of such dolls was beyond me. I kept asking myself, How can anyone do this?

A Wearable Vibrator for Couples - The New York TimesI’m not easily shocked by such topics, so this was a deep and heavy realization that knocked the wind out of me. That company’s website includes photos and videos of the dolls, which made me nauseous and conjured mental images of a sad, terrible future. How could anyone think this was a good idea?

I found it heartbreaking to think these dolls might replace real children and that someone could find these dolls more desirable than a real, breathing human being. To me, children should always be respected and protected. There are so many other options out there, like visiting a therapist or a sex worker, so why would anyone resort to using a child sized plastic doll?

What’s more, those who buy these dolls are often deemed as lordless and punishable. The media is not usually sympathetic to such people. Some countries even consider buying child sex dolls a form of child abuse, resulting in jail time or fines. As a result, these people are viewed as villains and oppressors of children.

The notion of child sex dolls is wildly uncomfortable. To me, such objects represent depravity and perversion. Not only do they create a disturbing visual, but they also add to the growing list of ways people abuse and exploit children. In the most extreme cases, sex dolls these dolls can be viewed as a tool to desensitize people towards child abuse and further normalize it—which is something that should never happen.

I’m sure there are people who disagree with me. I can see why some might think these dolls could be beneficial as they can provide a safe way to channel their sexual fantasies without harming a child. On the other hand, there are still people who use the dolls as actual stand-ins for children and continue to take part in child abuse.

Ultimately, the idea of a child sex doll is too much for me to process. I’m positive that there are better ways to lessen the urge to abuse children. Having these dolls on the market gives people the wrong idea, and it simply should not exist.

The idea of these dolls being used to groom a person or act as a stand-in to replace the feelings of wanting an actual child makes me think about how dangerous they are and how inappropriate their existence is.

People might argue that these dolls offer something of a controlled release for pedophile interests and that banning them would be too extreme; however, I still struggle to see how any of this is beneficial for anyone—especially the children. The dolls provide pedophiles with an opportunity to act out their fantasies without any concern for whether a real, live child is at risk.

It’s also worth noting that the way these child sex dolls are marketed to potential buyers is beyond disturbing. They put out images and videos of these dolls in teenage girl clothing, which is disgusting and gives people the idea that it is completely acceptable to sexualize young girls.

Indeed, the whole notion is so wrong on so many levels. It may be worthwhile for people to consider these objects from an ethical standpoint, as making them more accessible to those with these interests may encourage more people to seek out these dolls and worse, real children.

The thing that confuses me the most is why people would feel compelled to buy such dolls in the first place. As a parent, I can think of nothing worse than someone seeking out a robotic child for sexual gratification. The idea of someone knowingly doing this is so unsettling to me. Why not just seek therapy instead of using a child sex doll?

The bottom line is, the thought of a child sex doll is deeply troubling. Creating something that looks like a child in order to fulfill one’s sexual desires is absolutely wrong. No child should ever be placed in such a situation. It’s a terrible and wrong concept that needs to be shut down.