Ordinance change would likely stop robot brothel in Houston
FILE - In this May 20, 2010, file photo, cars travel along a highway with the skyline of downtown Houston in the background. (Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, October 3, 2018 12:59PM EDT
Houston's city council has changed a city ordinance in a move that would essentially stop a so-called robot brothel from opening.
A Canadian company had said it wants to open a "love dolls brothel" in Houston in which people would be able to use its human-like dolls on the premises.
But Houston's city council on Wednesday unanimously approved a change to a city ordinance that regulates sexually-oriented businesses.
The change would prevent individuals from being able to use devices designed for sexual gratification at such businesses.
Houston city council member Greg Travis said the proposed robot brothel is "not a good business for our city. We are not sin city."
The company, KinkySdollS, didn't immediately return emails seeking comment Wednesday. The company has previously opened such a business in Toronto.