Sex Doll Service Suspended (Details)

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A Chinese sex doll company has found out the hard way it is difficult to overcome stringent top-down social norms, as they have been forced to withdraw their services a mere two days after launching.

The BBC reports that the company, Touch, had begun offering sex dolls for rent on Thursday. Consumers can rent dolls for a day or longer. However, their business was quickly confronted with a river of complaints and criticism, causing the company to enter defense mode.

The company said in a statement on Weibo that it “sincerely apologized for the negative impact” of the concept.

The firm reiterated that their business was “not vulgar” and that they will continue working to present their products in a positive light. They added, however, that despite positive feedback from users that the industry was “hard in China.”

“We prepared ten dolls for the trial operation,” a company spokesperson said via email, adding that they received very positive feedback from users.

“But it’s really hard in China,” the firm wrote, saying there had been a lot of controversy with the police over the issue.

Citizens could rent a Chinese, Korean, or Russian doll for a daily fee of 298 yuan (£34; $46), according to Chinese media. One doll was even modeled after Wonder Woman, decked out with a sword and shield.

The statement on Weibo explained that the firm’s goal was had been to make expensive silicone dolls more affordable but conceded that the service triggered a heated public debate.

The company also said it would pay out compensation to users worth double the amount they had paid as a deposit for reserving a doll.

The statement added that Touch would in future pay more attention to its “social duty” and would actively promote a “healthier and more harmonious sex lifestyle.”

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