Saudi Arabian man charged over child exploitation material

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A 20-year-old Saudi Arabian national who arrived into Sydney airport on Friday 6 July was arrested and charged after child exploitation material was located in his baggage.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers stopped the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on board a flight from Malaysia on a Tourist Visa.

During an examination of his two mobile devices and a laptop, officers found multiple videos containing child exploitation material.

The man was interviewed and subsequently arrested by ABF officers.

He was transferred to Mascot Police Station and appeared in court via video link on 7 July.

ABF Regional Commander for NSW, Danielle Yannopoulos said that the ABF will not tolerate the importation of this abhorrent material.

“ABF officers are alert to the threat of this material coming into the country and won’t hesitate to take action against anyone found in possession of it,” Commander Yannopoulos said.

“Individuals that view and possess this kind of material are fuelling a global trade in child exploitation that puts vulnerable young people at risk both here and overseas.”

“Anyone engaging in this behaviour should expect to be caught,” Commander Yannopoulos said.

The maximum penalty for an individual importing or exporting child exploitation material is $180,000 and/or imprisonment for 10 years.

Source: Australia Border Force