Carrying any porn? Australian customs want to know

2010-05-22 08:36

Visitors to Australia now have another question to answer in

addition to declaring whether they are carrying any firearms, weapons or illicit

drugs. Are they bringing in any pornography?

The additional query was introduced in September last year, Customs

said today, adding that it was designed to pick up prohibited items such as

child pornography at the border.

But the Australian Sex Party described it as a “monstrous invasion

of people’s privacy” which would leave the laptops and mobile phones of anyone

entering the country open to scrutiny.

“If you and your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves

making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to

answer ‘yes’ to the question or you will be breaking the law,” president Fiona

Patten said.

The change means that travellers must declare X-rated erotic

material that is legal in Australia and potentially have these items examined by

customs officers, she said.

“Is it fair that customs officers rummage through someone’s luggage

and pull out a legal men’s magazine or a lesbian journal in front of their

children or their mother-in-law?” Patten asked.

Customs said many items of pornography were legitimately bought,

possessed and viewed and that these items would be returned to the

passenger.

But offensive material containing child pornography, bestiality,

explicit sexual violence and graphic degradation needed to be detected.

“The inclusion of the question on the passenger card is intended to

give a traveller the opportunity to declare adult material if they are uncertain

as to whether their material would be deemed prohibited,” a customs statement

said.

It said the assessment of adult material would be done by officers

trained to be tactful and discreet, and that the question was only designed to

pick up offensive items.

 

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