Student allegedly caught with child exploitation videos, photos at Perth Airport

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged after he was allegedly caught in possession of a large amount of child exploitation material on his mobile phone at Perth Airport.

Australian Border Force officers stopped the Indian student for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

During an examination of his phone, officers allegedly found nine videos and six photographs depicting a range of sexual activity involving children.


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Officers seized the phone and immediately cancelled the man’s visitor’s visa.

He has since been charged with one count of Importation of a Prohibited Import.

ABF Regional Commander for Western Australia, Rod O’Donnell, said authorities are concerned about the number of foreign visitors to Australia found to be in possession of child exploitation material.

“ABF officers are highly skilled at identifying people at our airports who are attempting to carry this abhorrent material across the border” Commander O’Donnell said.

“Unfortunately we are seeing too many cases where travellers have this material on their phones and other devices. Visitors need to be aware that possession of child exploitation material is viewed very seriously under Australian law.”

The maximum penalty for the importation of child exploitation material is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $525,000.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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