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Australian man arrested over child-like sex doll imported into Sydney

An Australian man has been charged over a child-like sex doll intercepted by Australian Border Force officers in Sydney.

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After the doll was found in air cargo, NSW Police searched a Wagga Wagga property in December and seized a computer and other electronic devices.

A 59-year-old man was then arrested at Wagga Wagga police station yesterday afternoon.

He was charged with importing a prohibited good without approval and possessing child abuse material.

Child-like dolls are legally considered to be child exploitation material and detectives say child abuse material was also stored on the man's computer.

"We do not condone any form of child exploitation and we will do everything in our power to put those who choose to sexualise children before the courts," Detective Acting Inspector Phil Malligan said in a statement today.

Acting Border Force Regional Commander Garry Low said officers are stopping an increasing number of child-like sex dolls being imported through the international mail and air cargo streams.

"All child-like sex dolls and child abuse material detected at the border are automatically seized ... because this sickening material has no place in Australia," Mr Low said in a statement.

The accused was released on bail and is expected to face Wagga Wagga Local Court on February 4.