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Harris County Moves to Ban “Robot Brothels”

The Office of the County Attorney believes such businesses fall under a regulation banning live sex acts at places of business.


Harris County Commissioners Court. Robert Soard, First Assistant County Attorney, sits second from right.

Harris County commissioners are prepared to ban so-called robot brothels, just as Houston did last week.

Harris County already bans live sex acts at any place of business. Robert Soard, First Assistant County Attorney, said that, in his reading, that includes sex with "anthropomorphic devices."

"Now, that being said, because of changing technology, it might be a good idea to amend the current sexually oriented business regulations," Soard said.

The Office of the Harris County Attorney has been working with the Harris County Sheriff's Office on the amendment.

Assistant Chief Tim Navarre said they'll be ready to present it to Commissioners Court within two weeks. "The dialogue is...almost identical to the city's, so, we're way ahead of the curve," Navarre said.

Soard and Navarre addressed the issue at Judge Ed Emmett's request, after several speakers registered to ask the commissioners to follow Houston's lead.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story erroneously attributed comments from the Office of the Harris County Attorney to County Attorney Vince Ryan. However, the comments were made by Robert Soard, First Assistant County Attorney. The story has been corrected.


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