An Iranian-born Australian accused of child sex tourism and possessing child pornography in the Philippines had travelled 65 times to Asian nations in 18 months, police say.

The arrest of Farhanipour Gholamreza, 50, after he had allegedly paid money to a 13 year-old Philippine girl will bolster a call by newly elected Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch​ to strip convicted sex offenders of their passports.

Alleged paedophile Peter Gerard Scully, 52, is arraigned in the Philippines.
Alleged paedophile Peter Gerard Scully, 52, is arraigned in the Philippines. Photo: Joseph Ben R. Deveza

Australian Federal Police say 15 of the trips that Mr Gholamreza made were to the Philippines, a popular destination for foreign paedophiles where there is a booming trade in online child pornography.

Records show he also visited China, Singapore and Thailand.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald