Claim:   A Denver company has released “child love dolls” to provide a safe sexual outlet for pedophiles.


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Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2015]


Could you look into the validity of a supposed new company that will be marketing “love dolls” for pedophiles?

Origins:   On 13 April 2015, the entertainment web site Celebtricity published a hoax article reporting that a former sexual molestation victim had started a company to produce lifelike male and female “child love dolls” that pedophiles could have sexual relations with in place of molesting real children:


Buck Dobson knows what it is like to suffer at the hands of pedophile. He was repeatedly molested at age 10 by his 19-year-old-sister and says the scars have never healed.

However, the abuse inspired Dobson to spend most of his adult life working to cure pedophilia. For years, Dobson tried to rehabilitate pedophiles within the Colorado prison system and through Christian outreach programs, but Dobson said his efforts failed.

“Look, you can’t change a pedophile’s sexual-orientation, and that’s what it is, an orientation, any more than you can a homo or heterosexual’s, Dobson told Christian Family Daily. You can try to get a pedophile to refrain from touching kids — and that sometimes works — but these people desire children and that desire is deep inside their genes. So why try to fix something unfixable?”

Instead, Dobson is starting a company that will create and market life-like male and female child and baby love dolls that pedophiles can molest and have sexual relations with.

“These dolls will feel and smell just like real children and have all the naughty parts,” Dobson said. “Pedophiles are gonna love them.”


Unlike many “satire” sites operating on the Internet, Celebtricity occasionally posts real news stories in addition to its fake news pieces in an effort to confuse readers. That strategy seems to have worked, as many readers have shared this “news” about “love dolls” for pedophiles as if it were a factual account. Nonetheless, Celebtricity‘s disclaimer reveals the nature of that site:


Celebtricity.com is a combination of real shocking news and satirical entertainment to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.

In January 2016, life appeared to imitate fake news, as stories emerged that a company is, indeed, producing dolls similar to the ones previously described. Shin Takagi owns Trottla, a company that produces anatomically-correct child sex dolls that he says are manufactured in order to help pedophiles control their urges. “I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically,” Takagi told The Atlantic.


“We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes…. It’s not worth living if you have to live with repressed desire.”

However, the Celebtricity entry clearly falls into the category of “satire” rather than “real shocking news”: In addition to the fact that the article is missing key information (such as the name of the company putatively planning to release these “love dolls”), the image accompanying the article was swiped from the web site of French artist Lauren Curet, who creates detailed miniature child dolls from polymer clay as artworks rather than as sexual playmates for pedophiles:

Last updated:   14 January 2016