31 December 2018: An international student has lost his visa after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers discovered child exploitation material on his phone.
The incident is just another example of how meticulously and tirelessly ABF officers work to ensure such abhorrent materials do not enter Australia.
According to an ABF press release, the unidentified Pakistani man was selected for a random baggage examination on Christmas Eve after he arrived at Melbourne Airport from UAE.
“During the examination, officers found images of child exploitation on his mobile phone. His visa was cancelled under the Migration Act 1958 and he was taken into detention before being removed from Australia on Christmas Day,” an ABF press release said today.
ABF Regional Commander Victoria, Craig Palmer, has warned travellers who view, carry or distribute child exploitation material can expect to forfeit their right to be in Australia.
“Our highly trained airport officers process millions of incoming and outgoing passengers over the holiday period and are always on the lookout for goods of concern and individuals who pose a threat to the community,” Commander Palmer was quoted as saying.
The student was taken into a detention centre before being removed from Australia. His visa has been cancelled, ABF said in the press release.