Sexbots could increase objectification of women and children, warns Salvation Army

Salvation Army logoLast 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.’

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 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

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.

Mrs Taylor said: ‘As a Christian church and a charity, The Salvation Army wants to promote the humanity of every individual, including those people who might choose to be consumers of this technology.

‘Its introduction brings the potential to devalue and dehumanise both the consumer and the consumed.

‘The Salvation Army therefore believes that this technology is more likely to have a detrimental effect on both existing and potential victims of modern slavery.

‘We will continue to fight to bring an end to this dreadful exploitation whilst working to help those striving to regain their self-worth and faith in humanity having suffered at the hands of traffickers who trade in people.’

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