This month the first love doll brothel in the western world was opened, marking a hallmark first step in the quickly changing sex industry. What will the future of sex tourism look like and do humanoid robots have any place in this future? 

It is quickly becoming clear that the answer to the latter question is “yes”, and in this article you will find out why more and more sex tourists are starting to choose humanoid robot dolls over regular prostitutes and how this will change the way we think of the sex industry, and maybe even sex itself.

“In 2050, Amsterdam’s red light district will all be about android prostitutes who are clean of sexual transmitted infections (STIs), not smuggled in from Eastern Europe and forced into slavery, the city council will have direct control over android sex workers controlling prices, hours of operations and sexual services.”

– Research scientists Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars

The sex industry has been around for as long as anyone can remember, but despite this, it is still currently a fast growing industry. The desire for sex is always present in both men and women and the stigma around fulfilling these desires for a monetary price is disappearing slowly but surely, resulting in a booming sex industry. According to Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 study, 69% of the white male population of the USA at the time had been in sexual intercourse with a prostitute at some point in their life. It is fair to say that a vast majority of men have at the very least considered buying sex in one form or another in their lives, and with robot sex tourism, it is going to become increasingly simple to purchase sexual services, without fear of social shame or sex diseases.

Sex doll brothels or “robot brothels” are a quickly growing trend in the world, with new and unique clubs opening all the time, offering customers creative ways to fulfill any of their sexual fantasies and desires.

South Korea and Japan are on the forefront of these changes in the sex industry. The doll renting services in Japan have already changed the prostitution market significantly. Doll No Mori (Forest of Dolls) started their 24/7 doll escort service in southern Tokyo and the Kanagawa prefecture in 2004. They started with 4 sex dolls and according to them, they made back their initial investment within just one month of starting their service. The company has many repeat customers, and most of them choose sessions lasting for 2 hours. One 70-minute session with a doll costs around 110$ or 13,000 yen.

“Unlike employing people, everything we make becomes a profit and we never have to worry about the girls not turning up for work.”

– Hajime Kimura from Doll No Mori

After the commercial interest in this service became apparent from Japan’s example, South Koreans quickly started to cash in on the market as well. In 2005 South Korean love hotels were already hiring out sex doll rooms for around $25 per hour, with a computer and a bed being included in the price. South Koreans were very eager to spend their time and money on these services and the robot sex industry had an explosive start, just as it had in Japan.

The success stories of these early sex doll renting businesses show that this is just the beginning of things to come. All of these mentioned brothels used regular static sex dolls, but in the future sex dolls will be capable of so much more. In the near future, as these brothels start implementing sex dolls with artificial intelligence, customers will be able to recreate their exact fantasies – they will be able to change the voice, knowledge, topics of conversation, virtual interests, personality, age of the doll, according to their liking. As the quality of these sex dolls increases and as they start implementing moving and vibrating components, sex dolls with artificial intelligence, then the possibilities for success in the sex doll renting industry are limitless.

If these examples from South Korea and Japan have taught us anything, it is that there is a large demand for these sex doll renting services and where there is demand, there will be suppliers. Sex doll brothels are here to stay, whether you like it or dislike it, and let’s face it, most men will begin to like rather than dislike this growing trend.

We have now established that the Asian world is embracing the culture of sex doll brothels very rapidly, but what does this mean for the western world? Will sex dolls be able to have the same impact on the prostitution market in USA and Europe, as they did in Japan and South Korea?

Lets come back to the year 2017 and look at a fresh example – in 2017 a new brothel called LumiDolls opened in Barcelona, giving customers the opportunity to rent a love doll of their liking. The owner of the club claims that these love dolls will “fulfill all their customers fantasies, without any limits” and make the brothel experience more pleasurable, exciting and erotic. This is the first club of its kind in Europe and the western world, but it will certainly not be the last. The opening of this club marks the beginning of a new era in the European sex industry and other European sex tourism centers, such as Amsterdam, are surely to follow this example set by Barcelona.

Niky, one of the high-quality dolls offered by LumiDolls

When we look at LumiDolls, we can see into the world of modern sex doll brothels. The four dolls offered by LumiDolls are of very high quality – they weigh around 90 lb (40 kg), their height is the same of your average woman, at 6 feet and 7 inches (1.7 meters).  The dolls come with different clothing options, and the choosing rights are left to the customers. Customers can choose to recreate their long unrealized schoolgirl fantasies in a classroom, or even a sexual encounter with a policewoman. The dolls are made of thermoplastic elastomer and they come with oral, vaginal and anal cavities. Lubricants and condoms are optional, but they are both included in the session price and provided by the brothel. The brothel rooms all have a large plasma TV and different lighting options, giving customers the ability to create the lovemaking environment of their choice.

LumiDolls are, before and after each service, disinfected with special antibacterial soaps. A 30 minute session in LumiDolls costs around 85$.

The popularity of the LumiDolls brothel in Barcelona sparked controversy and Aprosex – The Association of Sex Professionals in Spain, criticized the brothel for offering services which cannot match those of a real person and denigrates real sex workers to being just an object. This statement, however, is ill informed, because it will not be long until sex dolls with artificial intelligence can, in fact, match and perhaps even surpass the services offered by a real woman.

Controversy like this is to be expected, as the sex industry starts going through fundamental changes.

It is clear that sex doll brothels are here to stay. Until now they were a symbol of the changing attitudes in Asia, but the expansion into the western world will surely be quick, as more and more brothels begin to start their business. Will the next sex doll brothel be in USA, or perhaps in Amsterdam? Only time will tell.

1 COMMENT

  1. Compared to a sex doll brothel, I deliberately bought a sex doll to go home because it is more hygienic and only for me to enjoy.

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