Perth: Border Force detain Indian tourist who allegedly had child porn on phone

Indian tourist allegedly caught with child porn.
Indian tourist allegedly caught with child porn.

An Indian man has faced court in Perth after being charged with possessing “abhorrent content” on his phone including child pornography.

The 32-year-old was detained by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers who allegedly discovered the content as they examined the man’s baggage after he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

His visa was cancelled and he appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday, where he is due to appear again on Tuesday.

He appeared on charges of importing child pornography and child abuse material, and a prohibited import.

ABF Regional Commander for Western Australia Rod O’Donnell, said the ABF was concerned about the increasing number of people found to be in possession of objectionable material at the border.

“Visitors need to be aware that possession of objectionable material is viewed very seriously under Australian law. For instance, the maximum penalty for the importation of child exploitation material is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $525,000,” Commander O’Donnell said.

“Tackling child exploitation is an operational priority for the ABF and our officers are highly skilled at identifying people at our airports who are attempting to carry this abhorrent material across the border.”