Cambodia charges Canadians, other foreigners after 'pornographic dance' arrests

British tourists in Cambodia

Cambodian prosecutors charged 10 foreigners, including two Canadians, Sunday with producing pornographic pictures after they were arrested at a party in Siem Reap town, near the country's famed Angkor Wat temple complex.

The Cambodian Police has also released images in which people allegedly from the group can be seen in sexually suggestive positions, the Cambodian Police website reported.

Bandam, 10:26 PM A police report claimed the villa, in which pub crawlers stopped by, was rented by foreigners for parties, where one had to pay up to $15 to get in.

Samrith Sokhon, a prosecutor at the court in Siem Reap, said the 10 suspects were being charged with producing "pornographic pictures and materials", which can carry a sentence of up to 12 months.

Among the eight men and two women arrested were Vincent Hook, 35, Daniel Jones, 30, Thomas Jeffries, 22, Billy Stevens, 21, and Paul Harris, 32 - all British.

"After questioning them and examining the evidence, I chose to charge them with producing pornographic images and materials under the Article 39 of the law on suppression of human trafficking and sexual exploitation", Sokhon told Xinhua.

"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.

'Honestly, it was really confusing.

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The families of the detainees are said to be "worried sick". "It's really just trying to keep a good vibe until we know the outcome", the detained tourist said.

If convicted, they face up to a year in prison. "There were about 30 of them (police officers)", he said.

It has been reported that police arrested 77 tourists who were taken to the local police headquarters to be "educated" on Thursday.

These are the tourists alleged to have been arrested on indecency charges in Cambodia. Officials said dozens more tourists had been released.

In recent years, authorities have clamped down on visitors posting revealing images of themselves at the nearby temple sites and in 2016, management said it would bar tourists wearing skimpy clothes.

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

In 2015, several tourists were arrested for taking naked photographs at the complex.

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