Two Canadians among those charged with 'dancing pornographically' in Cambodia

Carla Harmon
January 28, 2018

During the raid, police also detained 77 party revelers including 36 females, but released them soon after an education, according to the National Police website.

"Any people producing pornography is contrary to Cambodia's traditions", he said.

Their arrests come after Cambodian authorities past year cracked down on tourists posting revealing images of themselves on social media.

Police in Siem Reap, the popular town close to the famous ancient temples of Angkor Wat in the north west of the country, said the tourists would be appearing in court at a time to be announced.

Police formally arrested 10 of the suspects.

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. I'm just so damn exhausted. "I'm anxious about their state of mind", said the mother.

Among the eight men and two women arrested were Britons Vincent Harley Robert Hook, 35, Daniel Richard Leeming Jones, 30, Thomas Alexander Jeffries, 22, Billy Stevens, 21, and Paul Francis Harris, 32.

The Daily Mail reports the group were at a "villa party barbecue" on Thursday in Siem Reap, near the famous Angkor Wat temples, when police began plucking people out of the crowd. All but ten were released with those still in custody charged with "dancing pornographically".

A member of the group, who said that none of those arrested were actually in the photographs in an interview given from their cell.

They said: 'Honestly, it was really confusing. Everyone was confused. They raided, rounded us up - there were about 80 to 100 people at this party. "There were about 30 of them [police officers]", adding that none of the arrested were in the pictures.

Britain's Foreign Office confirmed they were in contact with the affected British nationals in the Asian country.

"We are assisting five British men arrested in Cambodia and are providing support to their families", the office said in an emailed response to questions from the AP.

The prisoner said cops have been targeting expats over tourists wearing bikinis in public, specifically relating to expat-run pub crawls in Siem Reap.

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