COVID-19 has seen companies around the world shut down, however, it seems the sex doll industry is booming as a result of forced isolation. 

According to several vendors, the sex doll industry is doing better than ever amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Since COVID, we have noticed a considerable increase in sales or our sex dolls,” Matt from online sex store Cherry Banana, told Vice News. “We’ve doubled our Cherry Doll sales since March, and now we sell four to five a week—or 20 to 25 a month.”

“It’s true,” added Andrew from Sex Doll Australia.. “Since the hard lockdown stages of COVID-19 in Australia we’ve experienced an increase in sales of about 30 to 40 percent. It started in about May and has continued since then.”

It’s not just those forced to quarantine alone who are utilising sex dolls, in fact, Andrew said more couples are purchasing the toy to spice up their sex life.

“In this new trend, we’ve got a husband buying a female doll alongside his wife, for him; a husband and wife buying dolls together, one for each other; and also a general increase in women buying male dolls for themselves.”

Even Sydney sex doll vendor Ryan James, who runs a side business supplying adult toys and sex dolls, or “companion dolls or love dolls” has noticed a surge in orders during lockdown.

“We have definitely seen a jump in sales in recent months of our dolls,” he told Yahoo News Australia.

Starting his online business two years ago, he says his company has seen roughly a 35 per cent increase in traffic to its website throughout the pandemic.

“What we’ve seen in recent months is definitely an increase in our website clicks,” Ryan said. “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.”