Two WA men face court over importation of 'child-like' sex dolls

Australian Border Force officers have arrested and charged two Geraldton men for allegedly importing child-like sex dolls into Australia.

The men, aged 65 and 61, are not believed to be linked, and were targeted in separate investigations following the interception in Perth last month of two air cargo packages sent from Hong Kong.

Both parcels, which arrived in September, were described as containing a ‘mannequin’, but when ABF officers examined the contents they allegedly found a silicon child-like sex doll in each.

The 65-year-old was arrested on Monday after a search on his home saw officers seize electronic communication devices, sex doll accessories and parts belonging to an imported, infant-sized sex doll. He’s been charged with one count of importing a Tier 2 good.

The maximum penalty for this offence is up to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $555,000.

The man faced Geraldton Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon, where he was granted conditional bail. He’s due back in the same court on November 19.

The 61-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday following a similar search of his home.

He was also charged with one count of importing a Tier 2 good.

Officers will also allege they found an image depicting child exploitation material and a small amount of cannabis.

The man was charged further over those items and faced court on Wednesday, where he too was granted conditional bail to reappear on November 19.

ABF Investigations Acting Commander Nicholas Walker said the ABF was determined to prevent child-like sex dolls and other forms of child abuse material from crossing the country's border.

"Tackling child abuse material is an operational priority for the ABF as part of its role in protecting the border from individuals who may pose a threat to the community," he said.

"ABF officers have the skills and technology to detect items like these, and they are equally committed to investigating and prosecuting those who seek to import this deplorable material, which has no place in our community."


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