Sexbots will encourage sex to be viewed as a ‘commodity’ and could increase objectification of women and children, warns Salvation Army

Last week, a report about sex robots warned about the ‘dark side’ of the technology, which could involve issues of rape and paedophilia.

And now The Salvation Army has had its say on the controversial sexbots.

The charity claims that sex robots could ‘fuel demand for sex with people’, and even lead traffickers to exploit more vulnerable individuals to meet this demand.

The ‘Responsible Robotics’ report released last week contained grim predictions about the ‘dark side’ of sex robots.

In light of the report, The Salvation Army, a Christian church and charity, released a statement on the possible impact of sexbots.

Kathryn Taylor, who works in The Salvation Army’s Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery Unit, said: ‘The Salvation Army’s work with victims of sexual exploitation and modern slavery means we hear and see the impact on people first hand of the dreadful realities of sexual exploitation.

‘The Salvation Army is concerned that by offering another option for purchasing sex though “a sexbot” (sex robot) it could fuel demand for sex with people and lead to traffickers exploiting more vulnerable individuals to meet this demand.’

The charity claims that sexbots won’t fulfil the need for human interaction and for rewarding and loving relationships.

And it indicates that sexbots could normalise a distorted power dynamic which devalues the other person involved when transferred to human interactions.

This could encourage the objectification of women and children and a lack of respect for fellow human beings, according to the charity.

While previous studies have argued that sexbots could reduce the demand for women and children in prostitution, The Salvation Army argues that the reverse is true

 

THE SALVATION ARMY’S VIEW ON SEX ROBOTS

The charity claims that sexbots won’t fulfil the need for human interaction and for rewarding, loving relationships.

And it indicates that sexbots could normalise a distorted power dynamic which devalues the other person involved when transferred to human interactions.

This could encourage the objectification of women and children and a lack of respect for fellow human beings, according to the charity.

While previous studies have argued that sexbots could reduce the demand for women and children in prostitution, The Salvation Army argues that the reverse is true.

The charity claims that the more sex is viewed as a commodity, the more likely it is that people will look to purchase other people for sex.

 

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