WATCH: Man, 21, charged with importing child-like sex doll

A man has been charged following an investigation into the importation of a child-like sex doll.

Officers from the Australian Border Force intercepted a package which was described as a “clothing display model” in December last year.

The parcel, which contained the lower half of a child-like sex doll, was addressed to a home in Albion Park, NSW.


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Just two months later, a 21-year-old man from Albion Park was stopped by officers at Sydney airport on 22 February after arriving back in Australia from an overseas holiday.

The young man was interviewed and his mobile phone was seized, however he was not arrested and was allowed to leave.

It wasn’t until a later forensic examination of the man’s phone revealed a folder containing child abuse material.

ABF investigators and NSW Police officers yesterday executed a search warrant at a home in Albion Park, where the 21 year-old man was arrested and computers and a USB device were seized from his home.

He’s since been charged with two counts of importing prohibited Tier 2 goods without approval, namely child sex doll parts and child abuse material. He has also been charged with possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service.

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Acting Superintendent of Investigations NSW John Fleming said child-like sex dolls and digital images are symptomatic of the broader global threat posed by child sexual abuse.

“Recent research by the Australian Institute of Criminology suggests that the use of these dolls may lead to an escalation in child sex offences—from viewing online child abuse material to contact sexual offending,” Acting Superintendent Fleming said.

“This arrest shows our officers are committed and trained to detect, investigate and prosecute those who seek to import this abhorrent material into our community.”

The man has been granted bail and will appear at Port Kembla Local Court on 22 April.