Erotic stores in China are providing shared sex dolls for a full ‘adult experience’ where their disposable intimate parts are changed for each new client they receive.
The new ‘shared doll experience’ is reportedly on offer at sex shops in Chinese cities including Shanghai, Suzhou, Hefei, Shenzhen and Dongguan.
By paying set tariffs, customers can enjoy a so-called ‘adult experience’ with a full-size doll.
The doll’s nether regions are disposable and are swapped out for each new client.
Services range from 180 CNY (20 GBP) to 500 CNY (55 GBP) per hour.
One employee at a sex shop in Shanghai told Knews: “We provide condoms, lubricant, snacks, beverages and mineral water.”
A shop owner said that they can provide all kinds of different dolls as well as make customised dolls for a customer’s specific tastes.
However, according to the Global Times, some stores are not licensed or do not have the correct paperwork for the services on offer, some of which include overnight stays.
Other stores have been found to only have licences for massages or healthcare.
Knews said there are also concerns about the sanitary condition of the stores due to the legal grey areas of the services on offer.
Paid sexual services are illegal in China, but it remains unclear whether these regulations include dolls.
However, Peng Xiaohui, sexologist at the Central China Normal University, said the business model could help boost the economy.
Peng said: “It poses no harm to others or public assets, meets people’s normal demands and even helps prevent sex crimes.
“Bachelors and married couples that live separately, and certain disabled people who are not able to form long-term relationships, can use sex dolls as fixed sexual partners for a period of time.
“Ideally, there should be well-trained health staff in each store to teach people the correct way to use the dolls. Minors should not be allowed to receive services as well.”
Beijing-based lawyer Wang Fu told the Global Times that there are currently no laws that prohibit such operations.
Wang added: “If such shops can keep up good hygiene practices, it might be a good way to reduce the number of sex-related crimes. It could be a positive business venture as long as it operates in a qualified way.”
One netizen commented: “We can’t totally ban it, we need to acknowledge people’s normal physiological needs.”
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