Paraguay city closes shop selling alleged transgender dolls

Authorities in the Paraguayan border town of Ciudad del Este have temporarily closed a shop accused of selling transgender dolls.

Mayor Sandra McLeon is justifying the decision by saying the city last year declared itself "pro-life and family."

City attorney Christian Cabral says the shop also was closed Tuesday for failing to pay this year's commercial tax and was selling toys when it's only authorized to sell electronic goods.

The dolls had caused a local media stir after some customers complained. They appear to be standard baby dolls with a red ribbon around the head, but with male genitalia.

Shop manager Esther Bazan has told local reporters that the dolls came from China. She says tourists from neighboring Brazil and Argentina had found them funny, but other customers were upset.