• Dolls

    How a Doll Caused the Violation of a Man’s Human Rights

    In early 2013, a package from Japan en route to a home in Newfoundland was intercepted by Canadian border officials. Local police conducted a “controlled delivery”, arresting Kenneth Harrisson as the package was delivered to his home. The box did not contain drugs or dangerous weapons, but a life-size doll that officials had determined was not of legal age. Harrisson was charged with possession of child pornography (more appropriately known as Child Sexual Exploitation Material or CSEM), mailing obscene material, and smuggling of prohibited goods. These events set in motion a trial spanning six years and raising the question “Can an image, or in this case an object, be considered…