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    (Picture: Jonathan Donovan)

    All bodies are beach bodies.

    And a group of body positive campaigners have come together to remind us of that fact.

    Women of all shapes and sizes including blogger Natalie Lee and Stonewall Young Campaigner of the Year, Ellen Jones, marched through Soho in their bikinis yesterday to show that everyone, regardless of size or weight, should feel confident whatever they’re wearing.

    The flash mob was coordinated by writer and activist Natasha Devon MBE and Stephen Bell, co-creator of Portrait Positive, an exhibition of photographs shot by Rankin showing models with physical differences.

    It’ll be launching at the National Portrait Gallery later this year.


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    Crackington Haven
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    A father has sparked controversy for calling out a stranger who called his young daughter ‘gorgeous’.

    The stranger in question shared her experience on the popular parenting website Mumsnet, and the incident has divided opinion.

    She explained that she was approached by a man carrying a toddler while standing in the street with her own nine-month-old baby.

    The man’s daughter asked to see her baby and after that, the woman greeted the toddler, saying: ‘Hello lovely, aren’t you gorgeous?’.

    The child’s father was not impressed. He responded with a stern look and said: ‘Oh no don’t tell her that, language like that ruins them’.

    On Mumsnet, the woman explained that she… Read the full story


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    (Picture: CNBC)

    Inventors do tend to be misunderstood, particularly when their creations are in the early stages.

    For Gregg Miller – the inventor of Neuticles – that was certainly the case.

    Neuticles are prosthetic dog testicles that help ‘hesitant pet owners overcome the trauma of altering and allow their beloved pet to retain its natural look and self esteem.’

    In an interview with CNBC that has got the world wondering more than ever about pet balls, Gregg tells how he started out with a journalism degree from Missouri State university and went into advertising.


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    (Picture: catsncakex/Instagram)

    Just when we all thought we were being given a free ride to eat as much ice cream as possible, it turns out that ‘healthy’ tubs aren’t actually that good for us after all.

    In an attempt to adapt to our obsession with #wellness, low-fat ice cream varieties have been flooding the market.

    They promise the same hit of flavour and satisfaction but with far fewer calories and much less fat.

    Ben & Jerry’s Moophoria light caramel cookie ice cream is only 128 calories per 100ml. Who wouldn’t be on that hype?

    Well, it turns out that these wonderful tubs might be too good to be true.

    Low-fat products don’t lead… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Rex/Shuttertsock, Marvel Studios)

    Was there a film this year that wasn’t a superhero film?

    People can’t get enough of the genre – so much so that some of the characters have even grown in popularity among soon-to-be parents.

    While you might not exactly be welcoming young T’Challa or Hulk into the world, some other names across the Marvel Universe have been a major hit when it comes to baby names.

    The U.S. Social Security Administration released data from the 1,000 most popular baby names in 2017 showing the new superhero additions.

     

    Parker: 1,487 female, 4,346 male


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    (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

    ‘I was going down on a one night stand when suddenly there was this spray, like a hosepipe.

    ‘It went in my mouth and over my face. I was rather confused, trying to swallow, before I realised what was going on.’

    Toby*, a lawyer in his 30s, is talking about his experience of oral sex with a woman who ejaculated. He adds: ‘neither of us said anything, and she didn’t seem surprised, so I got the feeling it often happened.’

    Medical experts are yet to agree on what female ejaculation actually is, with some claiming it’s simply urine.

    But Toby, who’s had a woman squirt it in his face, disagrees, explaining: ‘it… Read the full story


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    (Credit: Willie Brothers/Instagram)

    Two lifestyles that don’t really go are that of a goth and that of a cheese connoisseur.

    To solve this first-world problem, Willie Brothers Steak House in Jakarta have created a cheese as black as your soul. Finally, your aesthetic can match your palette.

    Willie Brothers is famed for their cheese and meat combos, particularly the raclette steak toppers.

    Their truffle raclette launch went down a storm with customers, so they’ve gone one step weirder with a jet-black cheese.


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    Missguided to partner with Love Island
    (Picture: Missguided/Metro.co.uk)

    We only have a week or so left before our lives are taken over, yet again, by Love Island.

    Gasping at surprise entries (into the villa. Get your mind out of the gutter), predicting who will end up together, and trying to work out who’s being real and who’s just mugging everyone off. It’s great fun.

    One underrated bit of the Love Island love-fest is the fashion.

    The girls on the show always have top-notch swimwear and sexed up dresses, making us head to Google the second we spot ’em so we can steal the same look for our holiday.

    Now, that process of spotting and… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Facebook/Charlema Webb)

    We’ve all come across a man who knows jack all about makeup. Some have a better idea than others at least.

    Charlema Webb, from Oakland, California, realised that husband Vincent is absolutely clueless when it comes to cosmetics.

    That’s because when she asked for a Fenty highlighter and brush for their anniversary, Vincent didn’t quite get what she meant.

    So he bought her a hairbrush…and stationery highlighters, as in the things you use at school.

    But because Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty is kind and supreme, they’re giving away the product to Charlema.


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    (Picture: Clemmie Hopper)

    We can’t show you her profile (because it’s gone, duh) but take our word for it, Clemmie Hooper was a big deal when it came to being an Insta mum.

    The 33-year-old midwife and mum-of-four behind the Instagram account Mother of Daughters gained quite the respectable following, amassing 470,000 followers.

    Along with her husband Simon – who has an even more impressive 845,000 followers on his account Father of Daughters, Clemmie regularly posted sponsored pictures featuring their children.

    But after one user on Mumsnet accused her of being exploitative, she got rid of the entire account.


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    Hispanic woman spreading cheese on bread
    (Picture: Getty Images/Blend Images)

    Wine and cheese nights are so 2017.

    On 4 June, cheese and gin are coming together in a holy partnership to celebrate National Cheese Day. For fans of delicious dairy products and the crisp taste of a G&T, this event is not to be missed.

    The evening will involve a number of gin tastings, where each spirit is paired with a cheese that complements its flavour. All the cheese is presented courtesy of Jarlsberg.

    Hosted by food blog So Wrong It’s Nom, the London Cocktail Club event features gins and cheeses from the UK and Europe, a three course tasting menu and special talks… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Ella Byworth)

    Most people are incredibly stressed the day before a big race.

    Is your kit ready? Hell, is your body ready?

    Whether it’s your first of 10th time, slight anxiety is completely normal.

    But when you’re actually known for being *into fitness*, that anxiety can reach a whole new level.

    If you don’t get a cracking time, does that mean that you’re rubbish as your job as a fitness trainer or writer? Does it mean that actually, you’re just a #allthegearnoidea poser?

    As the fitness world keeps on growing and more of us get involved with it, the pressure to perform is increasing.

    After all, you wouldn’t want to have a dentist who had… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Avon/Getty)

    Avon’s £16 perfume has beaten the fanciest scents like Yves Saint Lauren, Gucci, and Chanel to take the top spot for the UK’s best perfume.

    Good news for us skint folk who enjoy smelling nice but can’t be arsed spending a gazillion pounds on a 35ml bottle of perfume.

    Avon’s Eve Duet won the Reader’s Choice For Women with ELLE UK at the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards 2018 (yes, this is a real thing).

    The spray has been endorsed by Hollywood A-lister Eva Mendes and shifts a bottle every minute.


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    International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia may be over but its significance is always necessary.

    With violence against LGBTQ members on the rise, especially in the U.S, we still need to work harder to make safe spaces for those who are subject to prejudices as a result of their sexuality and gender.

    To commemorate the violence against the group and ensure we don’t forget, Pride Shield created… Read the full story


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    PICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Here is cute Cocoa showing her amusing and unfortunately tongue problem, it constantly hangs out due to neglect) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted… <a href=Read the full story

    Tongue dogTongue dogellencscottPICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Here is cute Cocoa showing her amusing and unfortunately tongue problem, it constantly hangs out due to neglect) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted by Linda Facci, from Manhattan, New York, last year who creates miniature needle felted replicas of dogs for a living. Her cute dogs unusual look draws attention in public and online, more so since getting a replica of her own that took up to six hours to make.- SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Linda with Cocoa and her little replica who also has the same sticking out tongue) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted by Linda Facci, from Manhattan, New York, last year who creates miniature needle felted replicas of dogs for a living. Her cute dogs unusual look draws attention in public and online, more so since getting a replica of her own that took up to six hours to make.- SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Linda with Cocoa and her little replica who also has the same sticking out tongue) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted by Linda Facci, from Manhattan, New York, last year who creates miniature needle felted replicas of dogs for a living. Her cute dogs unusual look draws attention in public and online, more so since getting a replica of her own that took up to six hours to make.- SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Linda with her dog Cocoa, she decided to adopt a pet after seeing how much love and happiness was brought into the lives of the people she worked with) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted by Linda Facci, from Manhattan, New York, last year who creates miniature needle felted replicas of dogs for a living. Her cute dogs unusual look draws attention in public and online, more so since getting a replica of her own that took up to six hours to make.- SEE CATERS COPYTongue dogTongue dogellencscottPICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Here is cute Cocoa showing her amusing and unfortunately tongue problem, it constantly hangs out due to neglect) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted by Linda Facci, from Manhattan, New York, last year who creates miniature needle felted replicas of dogs for a living. Her cute dogs unusual look draws attention in public and online, more so since getting a replica of her own that took up to six hours to make.- SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Linda with Cocoa and her little replica who also has the same sticking out tongue) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted by Linda Facci, from Manhattan, New York, last year who creates miniature needle felted replicas of dogs for a living. Her cute dogs unusual look draws attention in public and online, more so since getting a replica of her own that took up to six hours to make.- SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Linda with Cocoa and her little replica who also has the same sticking out tongue) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted by Linda Facci, from Manhattan, New York, last year who creates miniature needle felted replicas of dogs for a living. Her cute dogs unusual look draws attention in public and online, more so since getting a replica of her own that took up to six hours to make.- SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY LINDA FACCI / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Linda with her dog Cocoa, she decided to adopt a pet after seeing how much love and happiness was brought into the lives of the people she worked with) - A rescued peculiar pooch who lives life permanently pulling a SILLY FACE due to her tongue constantly sticking out gets her very own mini-me replica. Cocoa, a six-year-old Yorkshire terrier, is regularly confused for being forever thirsty, pulling a funny expression and more, due to her ailment. It was caused by neglect that left all her teeth rotten, needing all to be pulled out apart from two, while at her previous home, believed to be on a puppy mill in California. She was adopted by Linda Facci, from Manhattan, New York, last year who creates miniature needle felted replicas of dogs for a living. Her cute dogs unusual look draws attention in public and online, more so since getting a replica of her own that took up to six hours to make.- SEE CATERS COPY

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    There's a bopit sex toy
    This is the real Bop It! (Picture: Getty/Amazon)

    You all remember Bop It!, right?

    You know, that game your one friend had at their house that you’d convince yourself you were brilliant at, only to be left yelling ‘I DID twist it’ in the face of humiliating defeat.

    Well, some lovely people have decided to take that hit of nostalgia and good clean fun and turn it into a sex toy.

    The Flick N Jerk is a Bop It! style sex toy featuring a butt plug, a 12 inch dildo, a vibrator, and a stroker (a male masturbator, basically).

    No, it is not in anyway affiliated with the real Bop… Read the full story


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    Now to the fun part – cake tasting (Picture: Getty)

    You’ve got your venue, your photographer, your florist, your outfit – now onto the good stuff: the cake.

    13 tips for doing your wedding invitations

    Sure, most of your guests will manage to miss the cutting of the cake and half of it will somehow go uneaten, but if you’re not excited by cake them there’s something wrong with you.

    Especially as the cake doesn’t even have to be made out of cake. It can be cheese, a stack of pancakes, a heap of fruit, basically anything you want.

    So here’s how to go about choosing… Read the full story


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    epa06758664 (07/24) Box filled with dolls heads waiting to be assembled in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with… <a href=Read the full story

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But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758658 (01/24) Electronic scull of the AI sex doll robot is seen in Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology headquarters in Shenzhen, Guandong Province, China, 12 March 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758659 (02/24) A man assembles stainless steel skeleton for a sex doll in the mould in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758660 (03/24) A worker assembles a doll in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758661 (04/24) A worker assembles a doll in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758662 (05/24) A worker hangs dolls' bodies to dry and checks them in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758663 (06/24) Bodies of the 'smart' sex dolls hang to dry in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758665 (08/24) A worker assembles dolls in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758666 (09/24) A worker paints make-up on dolls' faces in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758668 (11/24) Heads of the 'smart' sex dolls on display in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758677 (20/24) Chen interacts with his 'smart' sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758676 (19/24) Chen interacts with his 'smart' sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS SEXUAL CONTENT EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758675 (18/24) Chen interacts with his 'smart' sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS SEXUAL CONTENT EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758674 (17/24) Chen interacts with his 'smart' sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657AI Sex Robot in ChinaAI Sex Robot in Chinaellencscottepa06758664 (07/24) Box filled with dolls heads waiting to be assembled in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758658 (01/24) Electronic scull of the AI sex doll robot is seen in Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology headquarters in Shenzhen, Guandong Province, China, 12 March 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758659 (02/24) A man assembles stainless steel skeleton for a sex doll in the mould in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758660 (03/24) A worker assembles a doll in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758661 (04/24) A worker assembles a doll in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758662 (05/24) A worker hangs dolls' bodies to dry and checks them in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758663 (06/24) Bodies of the 'smart' sex dolls hang to dry in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758665 (08/24) A worker assembles dolls in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758666 (09/24) A worker paints make-up on dolls' faces in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758668 (11/24) Heads of the 'smart' sex dolls on display in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China, 24 April 2018. Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China's leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company???s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma. The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human's. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human. But a semblance of authenticity doesn't come cheap, and Emma's online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It's a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines - where customs clearance for the robots is problematic. Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758677 (20/24) Chen interacts with his 'smart' sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758676 (19/24) Chen interacts with his 'smart' sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS SEXUAL CONTENT EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758675 (18/24) Chen interacts with his 'smart' sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE CONTAINS SEXUAL CONTENT EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657epa06758674 (17/24) Chen interacts with his 'smart' sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. EPA/ALEKSANDAR PLAVEVSKI ATTENTION: For the full PHOTO ESSAY text please see Advisory Notice epa06758657

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    Is the British high street under threat? (Picture: Getty)

    The news that Marks & Spencer is to close more than 100 stores over the next four years has solidified concerns that the high street’s place as Britain’s retail hub is under threat.

    A spokesperson for the company confirmed that the decision had been made in part due to the rise of online sales and decline of in-store purchases. This is the primary contribution to the decline of the high street overall.

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    What work perks would your dream job have?

    Puppies in the office? A magical tunnel straight from your bed to your desk? Unlimited snacks?

    It turns out most of us are a bit more realistic and responsible in our work-related wishes, as a new Lyreco survey of 2,000 office workers found that the majority would like flexible working hours, a nice desk, and staff discounts.

    British workers would also like company holidays away, having their birthday off, and being able to make personal calls at work.

    Guys, making phone calls really isn’t that exciting. Dream bigger.

    Top 20 things British workers… Read the full story


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