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Did a Woman Pretending to Be a Sex Robot File for Child Support?

A new legal frontier in human-robot sexual interactions has not yet been reached as described.

Published Jan 29, 2018

Claim:
A woman posing as a "sex robot" became pregnant and filed a child support claim against her unsuspecting customer.

On 24 January 2018, the web site 8Shit published an article positing that a woman posing as a "sex robot" had become pregnant and subsequently filed a child support claim against the unsuspecting customer who didn't realize she was a real woman:

Stephanie Smith, a 23-year old woman who works as a sex-worker decided to take her job to a whole new level: Becoming a sex robot, being sold and seeing how it plays out. She did it back in December, because she wanted to try it in a month where people “buy a lot of stuff”.

The woman got pregnant, and she wants to have the kid. But she doesn’t have enough money or resources to raise the child, so she is filing for child support.

On the other hand, the father of the child claims that “He didn’t know it was a real woman” and that he “avoids having sex with real women for this exact reason”.

None of this bizarre and far-fetched reporting was true. This story originated with, and was reported solely by, 8Shit — a fake news site whose disclaimer notes that the site's content is "fiction":

8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those under the “serious” category) and shouldn’t be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this web are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story."

The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.

Sources

8Shit.   "Woman Pretends to Be a Sex Robot, Gets Pregnant and Files for Child Support."     24 January 2018.

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