The rise of sex robots is presenting increasingly difficult moral and legal dilemmas, an expert has warned.
Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with sex dolls increasingly lifelike.
But advancements in technology bring with them their own serious issues surrounding morals and the legal status of such sex robots.
Ethics expert Professor Robin MacKenzie of Kent Law School said: "Sex, law and ethics will never be the same.
"Sooner than we think, technologists will create sentient, self-aware sexbots, capable of emotional/sexual intimacy.
"Under existing legal and ethical standards, sex between consenting adult humans is permissible, as is sex between humans and things.