A 24-year-old man will face Perth Magistrates Court today charged with possessing child abuse material after allegedly importing childlike ‘sex dolls’.
The investigation into the man began in March 2022 after Australian Border Force officers inspected a package destined for an East Perth address and located items classified as objectionable child abuse material.
On March 10, 2022, investigators executed a search warrant on the man’s address and seized a number of devices which allegedly contained child abuse material.
The Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET) forensically examined the devices before arresting the man on October 25.
Thank He was charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material, one count of accessing child abuse material and one count of possessing obscene material.
AFP’s acting sergeant Kevin Shaw said the dolls were “far from harmless”, and that research had shown people who used the dolls could become desensitised to the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by sexual abuse of children – and may lead to escalation in child sex offending.