Malaysian man removed over child exploitation material

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A 38-year-old Malaysian male who arrived into Melbourne airport on Tuesday 10 July was removed from Australia after he was found with child exploitation material.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers stopped the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on board an Air Asia flight from Malaysia on an Electronic Travel Authority.

During an examination of his mobile device, officers found two videos and twenty photos containing material deemed to be child exploitation material.

Following an interview, his electronic device was seized, his visa was cancelled and he was transferred to Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre pending his removal from Australia.

ABF Regional Commander for Victoria, Craig Palmer said this offensive material has no place in Australian society.

“Visitors to Australia engaging in this behaviour should expect to be caught and to forfeit their right to be here,” Regional Commander Palmer said.

“The ABF is committed to detecting and investigating anyone involved in importing this material, ensuring we are protecting the Australian community.”

This is the second detection of child exploitation material by the ABF at an international airport in less than a week.

On 10 July, a Saudi Arabian man faced court in NSW for the importation of multiple videos containing child exploitation material at Sydney airport.

People with information about the illicit importation and export of child exploitation material should contact Border Watch at australia.gov.au/borderwatch.

By reporting suspicious activities, you help protect Australia’s border. Information can be provided anonymously.