Tourist detained with ‘sick child porn’ images
Indonesian tourist, 30, ‘is caught with sick child porn on his phone as he tried to fly from Australia to Bali’
An Indonesian tourist has been arrested at an Australian airport after Australian Border Force officers allegedly found child pornography on his mobile phone.
The 30-year-old man was stopped at Perth International Airport for a baggage check on his way to Denpasar, Bali, on Sunday.
Officers searched his phone at the time and came across three videos allegedly showing the sexual abuse of children.
Later, another two videos were found showing abhorrent sexual activity.
The man was charged with one count of attempting to export child abuse material and one count of attempting to export objectionable goods.
He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday and was released on conditional bail.
He will reappear in court later this month.
ABF Regional Commander for Western Australia, Rod O’Donnell, said officers are conducting thorough searches every single day.
He reminded travellers the possession of illegal material was prohibited when crossing the border, whether they are travelling to or from Australia.
‘Tackling child exploitation in particular 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,’ Commander O’Donnell said.
‘ABF officers have significant powers to search the mobile phones and electronic devices of international travellers and they exercise those powers at airports around the country on a daily basis.
‘Visitors also need to be aware that possession of child exploitation material is viewed very seriously under Australian law.’
The maximum penalty for the import or export of child exploitation material is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $525,000.