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28Apr
visa Child porn lands Taiwanese man 18 months’ jail

A Taiwanese national has today been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers discovered child pornographic material in his possession after arriving in Brisbane late last year.

Officers stopped the man for questioning after he flew into Brisbane International Airport from Taiwan on 15 November 2016, holding a working holiday visa.

A search of his belongings located the material, which comprised 106 images and 34 videos involving children as young as three.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with Import Tier 2 goods, namely Child Exploitation Material, contrary to section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901 and has remained in custody.

ABF Superintendent, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Matt Stock, said the sentence sent a clear message about the seriousness of the crime.

“This offence is extremely serious in nature, and we recognise that community expectations are high in relation to dealing with such abhorrent material,” Superintendent Stock said.

“The ABF is committed to detecting and seizing materials such as this to protect the community.

“We are focused on goods and people both entering and exiting Australia. All attempts to import or export objectionable goods and material will be investigated and offenders face serious consequences.”

The man is to be released after serving eight months, combined with a $2000 security on the condition of good behaviour for three years. Once his sentence is complete, he will be removed from Australia.

The maximum penalty for an individual for the importation or exportation of child exploitation material is $450,000 and/or imprisonment for 10 years.

Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244