Toronto will soon be home to North America's first known sex spa section and offers sexual services with six silicone-made dolls.
According to the website of Aura Dolls, the company behind the brothel, the vision is to create a new way to achieve sexual needs "without the many limitations and limitations that a real partner can offer."
The brothel is expected to open in a shopping mall on Yonge St., south of Sheppard Ave., on 8 September. The company does not specify the exact location on its website, indicating it has been announced when booking.
Six different female sex dolls are advertised. "Exotic girls to meet everyone's choice of beauty," the website reads.
"We have tried very hard to try to meet every standard of beauty, we have different ethnicity, different eye colors, different hair colors," said Claire Lee, a representative for Aura Dolls. The company said they plan to expand their collection "in the near future" and add male dolls.
The dolls are made of silicone, which is designed to give them a realistic look and feel, she said. To disinfect the dolls, Lee said that after every booking a three-step routine is used.
However, employees still strongly recommend the use of condoms, according to the website.
Spending half an hour with a doll costs $ 80, with two dolls with $ 160. For an hour the costs are $ 120 with one doll. The maximum stated time is four hours for $ 480 per doll.
Doors in the new brothel for separate entry and departure are used to provide maximum privacy for customers & # 39; to ensure. Although the company plans to have on-site staff, they ought not to have any interaction & # 39 ;, Lee said.
"The reason we do that is to make sure everyone feels comfortable when they come in and leave," she said, noting that people feel shy or uncomfortable when they visit the site.
A spokesman for the city confirmed on the Star Monday evening that they have "no registration of a municipal business license" for the site.
Lee said, however, that the company operates within the law. "The only law that says that everything has to do with the dolls is that they have to meet a height requirement, it can not look like a child," she said. "We have ensured that all their dolls meet the criteria and do not look like children."
Alderman John Filion, Ward 23 Willowdale, said his staff "will throw the book to (Aura Dolls) for everything they can."
"I still have people study to see what is legal and what is not," Filion said. He noted that a regulation introduced in North York during the '90s prevents shop-shops outside industrial areas. Filion said his office still confirms that the regulation is active after harmonization, which summarized the six city regulations after the merger in 1998.
"If the regulation that I introduced 20 years ago still exists, this would forbid it," Filion said.
"There are legal problems," he said, suggesting that people who are interested in using the sex dolls might consider this at home, rather than in a brothel.
The council member said that he received complaints from voters about the company. & # 39; The phone is ringing today, & # 39; Filion said.
When he spoke on the Star Monday night, Lee said that Aura Dolls did not receive a pushback immediately.
"When we started, we really thought we would, but we were surprised to see that the community is very open about it, they are really happy, they seemed very curious and enthusiastic about it," she said.
In the month of April Kim Switnicki spoke about intimacy supervisors and sex educator Kim Switnicki, who said that integrating sex robots in the bedroom can be valuable for society, especially for those who need more education or who have trouble getting in the real world. life & # 39; to stay. relationships.
These are mediated relationships & # 39; called Switnicki said that it is a relatively new research area.
"Almost all couples have mismatched sex drive, so it seems like an obvious solution, but it depends on how the partner chooses to use, use or view the robot," she said. "It really depends on how you value sex in the wedding context."
In the same article, author Neil McArthur brought up the question about the appearance of the puppets. "Will they be bullied fembots?" He said. "These exaggerated female creatures with huge breasts that look like this teenage-male fantasy of what a woman should look like."
He said that researchers look at how gender issues can be addressed that may arise from the appearance of sex robots.
With files from Alexandra Jones and Melanie Green, StarMetro Vancouver
Claire Floody is a breaking news reporter and works from the radio room of the Star in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @claire_floody
Jenna Moon is a breaking news reporter who works from the Star & # 39; s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @_jennamoon