Cambodia charges foreigners for making pornographic images

National police in Cambodia said Jessica Drolet, 25, and Edensaran Kazoleas, 20, were taken into custody Thursday at a party in Siem Reap, near the country's famed Angkor Wat temple complex.

A group of 10 tourists - consisting of five British men and five foreign nationals, including two women - have been arrested in Cambodia for what police describe as "pornographic dancing".

An expat website published a number of photos released by the police showing the men and women lying on the floor of a premises together, the men shirtless, while other young people, believed to be tourists, look on.

In this photo dated January 27, 2018, issued by Cambodian National Police, a group of foreigners stand after they were arrested for "dancing pornographically" at a party in Siem Reap town, near the country's famed Angkor Wat temple complex.

The remaining three were identified as Job Robertus van der Wel, from the Netherlands, 22, David Nikolaus Aleksandr Ballovarre, 22, of Norway, and Paul Martin Brasch, 32, of New Zealand.

Most were released, but ten alleged "organisers" were held for 72 hours at the police station before appearing in court on Sunday, where they were put in pre-trial detention.

"Our parents are doing what they can".

They could face up to a year in jail if found guilty, authorities have warned.

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"There were about 30 of them (police officers)".

The mum said they signed court documents in the Khmer language with no translation, adding: "They just did what they were told in the hope they (Khmer authorities) would say "oh, well we'll get you all to sign these papers and nothing will happen".

"We're innocent. We don't know why we've been arrested - we're getting different stories from different people", the group member added, according to Sky News.

Duong Thavry, the head of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department in Siem Reap, said: "We cracked down on them because they committed activities that are against our culture".

"Consular services are being provided to the Canadian citizens who have been detained in Cambodia".

Cambodia has in recent years been penalising tourists for publishing revealing images of themselves.

The United Kingdom's Foreign Office confirmed they were in contact with British nationals in Cambodia. They received suspended sentences and were expelled from Cambodia.

  • Michelle Webb