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Two men fined for smuggling 'extreme' child porn

Tuesday 04 Aug 2009 12:00a.m.

Two men fined for smuggling 'extreme' child porn

By Chris Whitworth

Two men have been taken into custody and ordered to pay fines of $2000 after pleading guilty to importing what customs have labelled “extreme” child pornography.

The men brought the objectionable material to New Zealand aboard a visiting cargo ship.

The men appeared in North Shore District Court on Friday last week, and will remain in custody until the fines and court fees are paid.

Laptops valued at over $3000 and other storage devices were also seized from the men.

The New Zealand Customs operations manager David Meredith says the material was highly objectionable.

"The images located on the accused's laptops are extreme and involve the sexual exploitation of very young children," he told the NZPA.

"This will hopefully send a clear message out to members of the seafaring community that this type of material is not acceptable in New Zealand."

Mr Meredith said adult material was frequently seized off visiting ships, but this particular incident was very concerning.

Shipping New Zealand secretary Bruce Heather said his organisation is in full support of customs’ crack down on obscene material.  

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