Student charged over child-like sex doll

Singapore student charged over child-like sex doll. Picture: ABF Newsroom.
Singapore student charged over child-like sex doll. Picture: ABF Newsroom.

A SINGAPOREAN student has been charged over the alleged importation of a child-like sex doll.

Australian Border Force investigators arrested the man yesterday following a raid at a Perth house.

The 26-year-old Singapore national was in Australia on a student visa.

The investigation started on December 24 after ABF officers intercepted a parcel sent from China at a Perth air cargo depot.

It is alleged the parcel was found to contain a silicone female child-like sex doll after it was x-rayed.

ABF have charged the man with one count of importing Tier 2 goods.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates’ Court on January 17.

The maximum penalty for the import of child abuse material is 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $525,000.

ABF Investigations acting Commander Nicholas Walker said ABF officers were seizing increasing numbers of child-like sex dolls being imported through the international mail and air cargo streams.

“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.

“Dolls that are manufactured for a sexual purpose that depict a child under the age of 18 are classified as ‘objectionable goods’ and are prohibited from being imported into Australia.

“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.”

In addition to the importation offences, the Government last year strengthened the Commonwealth offences for possessing and otherwise dealing with child-like sex dolls.

On September 21, the Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Act 2019 came into force.

More information on what material can and can’t be brought into Australia can be found here.

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