Indian tourist with abhorrent material refused entry to Australia

A 45-year-old Indian man who arrived at Perth International Airport on Thursday, 2 May 2019, has been refused entry to Australia after abhorrent material was located in his mobile phone.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers stopped and questioned the man after he arrived on a flight from Malaysia holding a Tourist Visa.

During examination of the man’s phone ABF officers discovered a video depicting child exploitation which contravened Reglation4A of the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.

Officers seized the phone and subsequently cancelled his visa under s116 (1)(g) of the Migration Act 1958.

The man was detained and transferred to the Perth Immigration Detention Centre until his removal from Australia earlier today (Sunday, 5 May 2019).

ABF Regional Commander for Western Australia, Rod O’Donnell, said ABF officers were committed to preventing the importation of abhorrent material across our borders and into the Australian community.

“Although the video wasn’t of a sexual nature it did show a child being physically assaulted. Visitors to Australia need to be aware that imagery depicting any form of child exploitation is not permitted to be brought into Australia,” Commander O’Donnell said.

“There are significant penalties and consequences for the importation of abhorrent material, and in particular child exploitation material, and anyone caught engaging in this behaviour risks forfeiting their right to be here.”

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