A MAN has been arrested and charged after he was caught in possession of child exploitation material at Melbourne International Airport.
Australian Border Force officers searched the 27-year-old Malaysian man’s belongings when he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur on Thursday 22 March.
During the search, more than 900 images and videos depicting child exploitation material were allegedly found on the man’s laptop computer and mobile phone.
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The man was charged with importing child exploitation material and appeared in Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
He has been remanded in custody until 29 June.
ABF Commander Investigations Mark Antill said protecting the community from harm is their highest priority.
“Children are harmed by those who manufacture this abhorrent material; and people who consume child exploitation material provide the market that fuels this vile trade,” Commander Antill said.
“Through the use of intelligence and targeting techniques our trained officers actively look for people bringing child exploitation material into Australia.”
The maximum penalty for an individual importing or exporting child exploitation material is $180,000 and/or imprisonment for 10 years.