HOUSTON - Following Houston’s lead, Harris County commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to ban sexbot brothels.
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said the vote adopts wording that is similar to an ordinance change passed earlier this month by Houston City Council. It prohibits the use of a robot for sexual activities at a business, but it does not prevent the sale of the robots.
The change also created new definitions and requirements for adult businesses, including motels, cabarets, entertainers, bookstores, theaters and arcades.
Ryan said the regulations also require these businesses to post a sign containing educational information about human trafficking and the number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
“These businesses can be havens for human trafficking and other serious crimes,” Ryan said in a written statement. “The revisions will allow law enforcement to better protect our community.”
A violation of the rule is subject to a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
Concerns about this type of business were raised after a Canadian businessman said he was making plans to open a sexbot store in Houston that would allow customers to try the robots before they bought them.
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