Man removed from Australia after being busted with child exploitation material in his baggage

A 65-year-old man has been removed from Australia after being busted with child exploitation material in his baggage at Melbourne airport.

The Indonesian National arrived into the country on a flight from Singapore on Friday 15 June.

Australian Border Force officers stopped the man for a baggage check and during an examination of his two mobile devices, officers found objectionable material in relation to child exploitation.


The man was issued with an infringement notice, his electronic devices were seized and his Visitor Visa was cancelled.

He was detained and transferred to an immigration detention facility before being removed from Australia on 16 June.

ABF Regional Commander for Victoria, Craig Palmer said that the ABF takes a zero tolerance approach to importation of this abhorrent material.

“ABF officers are alert to the threat of these sickening images coming into the country and won’t hesitate to detain and remove from Australia anyone found in possession of them,” Commander Palmer said.

“We also work closely with our law enforcement partners both here and abroad to share information relating to these persons to ensure we are protecting not only Australian children, but potential victims offshore.”

“This is not a pleasant part of an ABF officer’s job at the border but it is one of paramount importance in protecting our community and I commend the skill and professionalism of the officers involved in this case.”