(KUTV) A petition on Change.org is calling to ban child sex dolls, which are lifelike, anatomically correct, and designed to simulate sex with a child.

The petition has received over 88,500 signatures, and has even been noticed by Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall.

According to the petition, these dolls are currently “perfectly legal” to import.

“British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too,” the petition says.

The petition states, “These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography.”

“According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many,” the petition says. “Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse.

New York Congressman Dan Donovan (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) has said that he believes the dolls reinforce pedophilic behavior.

Some have suggested that pedophiles who use the dolls will be less likely to commit crimes.

Donovan is adamantly opposed to this view. “It doesn’t satisfy urges,” he says. “This is just a stepping stone.

In August Donovan unveiled a plan to “prevent the exploitation of innocent children.”

Seeing a scary new proliferation of child sex dolls makes it so important for our laws to evolve,” the Congressman said.

As of yet the Congressman doesn’t have any other supporters of the bill, but said, “I don’t think we’ll have a hard time finding cosponsors.”

You can sign the petition by clicking here.