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H.R. 4655 (115th): CREEPER Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 13, 2018 (Passed the House).

Summary of this bill

Sex dolls exist and nobody is trying to ban them — but what about sex dolls portraying children?

What the bill does

The CREEPER Act would prevent the distribution or importing of such child sex dolls in the U.S. The products are primarily manufactured in Asia and feature portrayals of girls as young as age five.

The full name is the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act.

The bill was introduced in December 2017 by Rep. Daniel Donovan, Jr. (R-NY11). It’s labelled H.R. 4655 in the House.

What supporters say

Supporters argue the bill would prevent a new and growing problem among pedophiles.

“It’s a uniquely vile person …



2d Session

H. R. 4655



To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation or transportation of child sex dolls, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots Act of 2017 or as the CREEPER Act of 2017.



The Congress finds as follows:


There is a correlation between possession of the obscene dolls, and robots, and possession of and participation in child pornography.


The physical features, and potentially the personalities of the robots are customizable or morphable and can resemble actual children.


Some owners and makers of the robots have made their children interact with the robots as if the robots are members of the family.


The robots can have settings that simulate rape.


The dolls and robots not only lead to rape, but they make rape easier by teaching the rapist about how to overcome resistance and subdue the victim.


For users and children exposed to their use, the dolls and robots normalize submissiveness and normalize sex between adults and minors.


As the Supreme Court has recognized, obscene material is often used as part of a method of seducing child victims.


The dolls and robots are intrinsically related to abuse of minors, and they cause the exploitation, objectification, abuse, and rape of minors.


Prohibition of importation or transportation of child sex dolls

Section 1462 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—


in paragraph (a), by striking or at the end;


in paragraph (b), by striking or at the end;


by inserting after paragraph (c) the following:


any child sex doll; or

; and


by adding at the end the following:

In this section, the term child sex doll means an anatomically-correct doll, mannequin, or robot, with the features of, or with features that resemble those of, a minor, intended for use in sexual acts.


Passed the House of Representatives June 13, 2018.

Karen L. Haas,