Traveller charged over child exploitation material in Melbourne

An Indian man who arrived at Melbourne International Airport on 27 December 2018 has been charged after abhorrent material was located on his mobile devices.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers stopped the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on board a flight from New Delhi holding a Student visa.

During the examination, child exploitation material was located on the man’s mobile phone, and further images were located on his laptop computer, deemed to contravene the Customs Prohibited Import Regulations.

Officers seized his phone and computer, and subsequently cancelled his visa.

The man was detained and transferred to Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation. On 30 January, the man was charged in relation to offences under s233BAB(5) of the Customs Act.

ABF Regional Commander for Victoria, Craig Palmer, said ABF officers remained committed to preventing the importation of this kind of abhorrent material across our borders.

“We want to send a clear message to people attempting to bring this type of material into Australia. Visitors need to be aware that we are constantly on the lookout for those possessing this sort of terrible imagery involving child exploitation,” Regional Commander Palmer said.

“Content depicting extreme sexual deviancy and acts of horrific violence are not acceptable in our community and anyone caught engaging in this behaviour risks forfeiting their right to be here, and will face the full force of the law.

“Our officers do an excellent job every day to protect the community from this type of harm,” Regional Commander Palmer said.

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