They warn that rising use of “sexbots” could spread sexually-transmitted infections, worsen impotence and normalize “sexual deviancy.”
Fans of the life-like love machines – that sell for up to $15,00 – say they can aid “harm reduction” by offering desperate men an outlet.
They claim dolls can help reduce sex crimes against women and children.
But Dr. Chantal Cox-George, from St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor Susan Bewley, from King’s College London, say there is little evidence this is true.
And they raised fears they may make illegal behavior more socially acceptable.
Writing in the British Medical Journal: Sexual and Reproductive Health, they said: “It is speculative whether the development of a sexbot marketplace will lead to lesser risk of violence and infections, or drive further exploitation of human sex workers.”
“The ‘health’ arguments made for their benefits, as with so many advertised products, are rather specious.”
Researchers warn that medics must steer clear of intimate relations with sexbots – or risk losing public trust.