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article imageSex doll brothel opening in Toronto sparks opposition

By Karen Graham     Aug 29, 2018 in Lifestyle
Sex doll brothels are already popular in Japan, Korea, Barcelona, and Paris, but North America has so far, managed to be kept out of the fake-sex partner trade. But Aura Dolls is cashing in on a wide-open market by opening a brothel in Toronto.
Aura Dolls, the company behind the brothel, plans to open its 24-hour business in a small strip mall in Toronto on September 8, and it claims it is the very first sex-doll brothel in North America.
While the company's website doesn't give an exact address, it will be in a small shopping mall on Yonge Street, south of Sheppard Avenue. The mall already houses a nail salon, massage parlor, and a dry cleaner. But unlike the other shops in the mall, Aura Dolls will be open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
The Toronto Star is reporting the sex doll brothel will feature six different silicone dolls, calling them “Exotic girls to cater to everyone’s choice of beauty,” Th dolls are made of silicone to give them the look and feel of a real woman.
Claire Lee, a representative for Aura Dolls said, “We tried really hard to try to cater to every single standard of beauty, we have different ethnicities, different eye colors, and different hair colors." The company says it will be expanding "their collection" and will even be adding male dolls.
The company says the dolls will be sanitized using a "three-step" method after each booking, but they do "highly recommend" the use of condoms.
While this writer doesn't know the going rate for time spent with real live women and men in the sex trade, Aura Dolls is advertising that spending half-an-hour with one doll costs $80, with two dolls running $160. For an hour, the cost is $120 with one doll. The maximum listed time is four hours at $480 per doll.
Will they or won't they open?
Yes, sex doll brothels have opened in other parts of the world, and they have been met with a lot of criticism. And one of the biggest concerns is that the sex dolls "dehumanize" women and make them more like "objects." And this is a real problem in our world today as shown by the success of the #MeToo movement.
City resident Carla Amodio told City News that she first thought posters advertising the Aura Dolls Brothel were a joke. Amodio has already contacted her area councilor who is looking into what city bylaws could be enforced to prevent the business from opening.
“I’ve had a lot of calls, mostly from parents saying, ‘how do we explain this to our kids?’ ” area councilor John Fillion told CityNews. “Our city staff need to look at the wording and see if that does the trick,” he said.
“If not, we’ll have to come up with something else.” Fillon asserts the business needs an adult entertainment parlor license from the city and Aura Dolls would not be permitted to operate in the planned location because it is only zoned for commercial use.
Amodio has also started an online petition to get rid of the sex doll brothel. The neighborhood already has to deal with a massage parlor and an illegal pot dispensary and she says adding this sex trade business is very upsetting, according to the Times-Journal.
“It’s adding insult to injury,” she said. “We’ve been trying to figure out how to get the illegal pot dispensary closed and police have been trying to help, but they open up after a few days. It’s just very upsetting as a parent as we walk by with my kids. It’s a tough thing to explain to children.”
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