customs media release

Child porn magazines attract gaol term 

Friday, 17th February 2006

A 57-year-old West Australian man is facing a gaol term for importing child pornography.

Mr Boguslaw Pawlow was sentenced today to 12 months gaol after being found guilty in the Perth District Court on eight counts of intentionally importing goods prohibited under the Customs Act 1901.

Mr Pawlow will be eligible for release after serving three months.

The child pornography was detected in April 2004 by Customs officers at Perth International Mail Exchange when they examined a parcel from the Netherlands addressed to Mr Pawlow.

The package, destined for a remote town in south-west Western Australia, included five magazines containing child pornography.

Customs officers executed warrants on Mr Pawlow’s residence where a further three similar magazines were found.

Customs Regional Director Western Australia, Paul O’Connor, said the detection was yet another example of how Customs vigilance at the border was preventing prohibited goods from entering Australia.

“People should be aware that Customs screens 100 per cent of incoming international mail and takes very seriously its role in preventing any attempts to import child pornography,” Mr O’Connor said.

Federal Prosecutor, Hilton Dembo submitted that: “A deterrent penalty of imprisonment was appropriate. Child pornography is not a victimless crime.”


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