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A 21-year-old Indian student has been arrested after Australian Border Force officers allegedly found a large amount of child exploitation material on his mobile phone.
Vivek Kumar

10 Oct 2018 - 7:05 PM  UPDATED 11 Oct 2018 - 1:12 PM

According to the Australian Border Force, an Indian student has been arrested at Perth Airport.

"ABF officers stopped the man for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur yesterday afternoon, 9 October 2018. During the examination of his mobile phone ABF officers allegedly found objectionable material in the form of nine videos and six photographs depicting a range of sexual activity involving children," ABF said in a statement.

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The Officers seized the phone. His visitor visa has been cancelled, and he has been charged with Importation of a Prohibited Import.

The accused was due to appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

ABF Regional Commander for Western Australia, Rod O’Donnell, said the ABF was concerned about the number of foreign visitors to Australia found to be in possession of child exploitation material.

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“Unfortunately we are seeing too many cases where travellers have this material on their phones and other devices. Visitors need to be aware that possession of child exploitation material is viewed very seriously under Australian law," O'Donnell said.

The student faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and/or a fine of up to $525,000.

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