Harris County Bans Robot Brothels

first_img 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Commissioners Court. First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard sits second from right.Harris County commissioners voted unanimously to bar so-called “robot brothels” from the county. Houston City Council enacted a similar ban earlier this month. The Harris County Attorney’s Office was already working to update the rules governing sexually oriented businesses before Toronto-based KinkySDolls expressed interest in expanding to Houston. “We mirrored the city’s language and added, as part of the ‘adult arcade’ definition, that an adult arcade is also a place where you have an ‘anthropomorphic device’ and that if you intend to use that device for sexual activities, it would be a violation of the regulations,” said Assistant County Attorney Celena Vinson, who helped draft the amended language. That expanded definition effectively bans businesses like KinkySDolls, which advertises its products as “rent before you buy.” Also under the new rules, all sexually oriented businesses must post educational information about human trafficking, including the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Listen X Sharelast_img

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