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Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

A 26 year-old man has been arrested following the execution of Customs Act search and seizure warrants by ABF Investigators and NSW Police at an address in Ultimo.

The investigation began after ABF officers detected and seized a child-like sex doll at the Sydney Gateway Facility mail centre on 26 October 2020. The detection was referred to ABF investigators.

During the warrants executed yesterday, 17 November 2020, officers located and seized a number of electronic devices and another child-like sex doll.

The man was arrested and conveyed to Day Street Police station where he was charged with two counts of intentionally import prohibited tier 2 goods without approval, possess child-like sex doll or other object and two counts of possess child abuse material.

The maximum penalty of importing child-like sex dolls is up to 10 years’ imprisonment and/or fines of up to $555,000. The Criminal Code offence of possession of child-like sex doll attracts a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.

ABF Superintendent Regional Investigations NSW Garry Low, said it is disturbing individuals seek to import these kinds of offensive products.

“The ABF is committed to pursuing those who attempt to import child-like sex dolls and prosecuting them,” Superintendent Low said.

“These dolls sexualise children and they are harmful.

“The ABF actively engages with our law enforcement partners, both domestically and internationally, to combat this rapidly evolving global issue.”

The man was refused bail to appear before Central Local Court today (Wednesday 18 November 2020).

 

Anyone with information about those who may be importing child-like sex dolls or other child abuse material should contact Border Watch at www.Australia.gov.au/borderwatch . By reporting suspicious activities, you are helping to protect Australia’s border. Information can be provided anonymously.

Media contact: ABF Media (02) 6264 2211

 

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