Sales of sex dolls soar during coronavirus lockdown as sad singletons crave 'human' touch

Sales of sex dolls have soared during the coronavirus crisis, with frustrated singletons forking out thousands for the high-tech 'love aids'.
With lockdown stopping people from socialising or dating in a traditional sense, makers of the life like vessels from across the world have seen a surge in enquiries and orders.

Australian Ryan James told Yahoo News that he had seen a massive interest in his company's array of “companion dolls or love dolls”.

He said: “We have definitely seen a jump in sales in recent months of our dolls.

“What we’ve seen in recent months is definitely an increase in our website clicks. And also inquiries, there’s been tonnes of emails to look at.

“The past eight weeks tracking, we’ve seen a 35 per cent increase in web volume."

He added that people are willingly paying £1,600 - £2,100 per doll, and that the company has had to stockpile the lusty mannequins after the gloal crisis caused a delay in their arrival from Chinese factories.

Ryan, boss of Aussie adult retailer Southern Treasures, added he thinks it is a mixture of boredom and isolation that has fuelled sales.

He said: “I believe it’s because people have less opportunity to socialise at the moment with restrictions in place and it’s kind of causing a bit of frustration with people.

“While it’s not the same thing to own a doll, those that are single or might be having trouble with relationships or obtaining a partner, it’s just something to provide a bit of comfort, I guess.”

Yahoo reports that there has been a similar spike in the US market, with sex store Adam and Eve seeing a 30 per cent increase in online sales in March and April.

Another sex doll maker, Sex Doll Genie, told Forbes it experienced almost a 50 per cent jump in demand during the US lockdown.

Last month, doll supplier Silicone Lovers told Daily Star Online of the rave reviews its products are getting from customers in isolation.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced swathes of the global population to cut off contact with the outside world since the disease first broke out in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year.

It led to a surge is sales of sex dolls with millions of singletons seeking action and couples looking to experiment.

Co-founder Louie Love said: "A lot of new doll owners are signing up to the various doll forums and communities and introducing themselves, and you see a lot of existing owners welcome them and tell them they’ve made the right choice, and that they now see dolls as a 'necessity' at this time.

"Existing doll owners have been expressing how glad they are to have their dolls while stuck in isolation.

"They’ve been saying how lockdown has been much more bearable with a doll – both for their sexual needs but also their mental health."