South Korea formally ends ban on imported sex dolls after lawsuits over customs seizures

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South Korea has formally ended a ban on the import of full-body sex dolls, ending years of debate over how much the government can interfere in private life.

Although there are no laws or regulations banning the import of sex dolls, hundreds and perhaps thousands have been seized by the customs, which cited a clause in the law that bans the import of goods that ‘harm the country’s beautiful traditions and public moral.’

South Korea has formally ended a ban on the import of full-body sex dolls, ending years of debate over how much the government can interfere in private life (file photo)

Importers complained and took their case to courts, most of which agreed with them and ordered customs to release the sex dolls, saying they are used in people’s private spaces and don’t undermine human dignity.

On Monday, the Korea Customs Service said in a statement that it began enforcing a revised guideline to get life-size adult sex dolls into the country.

It said it reviewed recent court rulings and opinions from relevant government agencies including the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

A lawmaker, Lee Yong-ju, who brought a sex doll, speaks during a parliamentary inspection at the National Assembly in Seoul in 2019

The customs service said it will still ban the import of child-like sex dolls or others embodying certain people.

It said other countries like the United States, Australia and the U.K. also ban child-like sex dolls.

Lee Sang-jin, a former head of a local company that imports sex dolls, welcomed the customs service’s decision.

‘It’s a reasonable decision though it came bit late,’ Lee said.

‘We thought our people’s rights to seek happiness and use (sex dolls) in their private lives have been restricted by the state.

‘There are various types of people who use (sex dolls), including those who are sexually alienated or those who need them for artistic purposes.

‘South Korean authorities don’t crack down on the sale of domestically made sex dolls, but their quality is in general inferior to those made abroad, Lee said.

Customs officials said they still likely hold more than 1,000 sex dolls that had been sent to South Korea since 2018.

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