An Indian man was refused entry at Perth International Airport after an Australian Border Force (ABF) officer found a video that is considered an offensive material on his phone.
On Thursday, May 2, the middle-aged man on a tourist visa arrived at Perth International Airport from Malaysia. On his arrival, he was stopped by ABF officers for questioning which led to the discovery of a video of a child being physically assaulted on his phone. His phone was subsequently seized followed by the cancellation of his tourist visa.
No to Child exploitation
According to Rod O’Donnell, ABF Regional Commander for West Australia, the assault was not a sexual assault but is still under what is categorized as child exploitation material in the country.
He emphasized that whoever is coming to Australia must know that any imagery that connotes any kind of child exploitation cannot be allowed within the borders of the country. The consequences of importing abhorrent material, especially involving child exploitation, are significant such that whoever is found guilty will face penalties that could include visa cancellation, O’Donnell said.
The Indian was deported early Sunday morning following a short stint at an Immigration and Detention Centre.
Australia is doing all it can to keep the number of annual immigrants down as a result of the high cost of housing in its major cities, hence will not hesitate to deport whoever breaks any immigration law in the country. Prime Minister Morrison has vowed to crack down on immigration if re-elected as the May 18 general election approaches.
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