A PERTH man has been charged over alleged possession of child abuse images after being arrested at the airport.
Australian Border Force investigators have charged a 26-year-old man over the alleged possession of a large number of child abuse images and the attempted importation of a child-like sex doll.
The man was arrested at Perth International Airport on Monday when he returned from a holiday in Thailand.
His mobile phone was seized by ABF officers when he departed Perth on November 21.
The officers allegedly found several hundred images categorised as child abuse material after an electronic examination of the phone.
ABF officers at Sydney Gateway Facility intercepted a parcel from Hong Kong on September 17, which was addressed to the man’s residential address.
It will be alleged the parcel contained the bottom half of a silicone female child-like sex doll.
The man has been charged with attempting to export a prohibited import being child abuse material and one count of importing Tier 2 goods.
He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on December 13.
ABF Commander of Investigations Graeme Grosse said the maximum penalty for the import or export of child abuse material would be 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $525,000.
“Child-like sex dolls are an emerging form of child abuse material that the ABF is determined to prevent from crossing our border,” he said.
In addition to the importation offences, the Government recently strengthened the Commonwealth offences for possessing and otherwise dealing with child-like sex dolls.
The Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Act 2019 came into force on September 21.
These reforms amended the Criminal Code Act 1995 to introduce a new offence for possessing a child‑like sex doll, which is punishable by up to 15 years’ imprisonment.
More information on what material can and can’t be brought into Australia can be found here.