A group of foreigners arrested for 'pornographic dancing' in Cambodia

If convicted, the group of 10 foreigners could face up to a year in prison

A photo issued by Cambodian police of the group, aged 19 to 35. (Photo: Cambodia police/PA)
A photo issued by Cambodian police of the group, aged 19 to 35. (Photo: Cambodia police/PA)

10 foreigners have been prosecuted in Cambodia for producing pornographic images.

The group of foreigners, including five Britons, were “singing and dancing pornographically”, after a raid on a party in Siem Reap near the tourist destination of Angkor Wat.

They were arrested on Thursday after images emerged of people appearing to imitate sex acts at the party.

If convicted, they could face up to a year in prison. They could spend six months in detention before the case goes to court, according to reports.

The arrested individuals confirmed their identities. They include five British men: Vincent Harley Robert Hook, 35, Daniel Richard Leeming Jones, 30, Thomas Alexander Jeffries, 22, Billy Stevens, 21, and Paul Francis Harris, 32.

Job Robertus van der Wel, from the Netherlands, 22, the Canadians Jessica Drolet, 25, of Ottawa, and Eden Koazoleas, 19, of Alberta, were also arrested, along with David Nikolaus Aleksandr Ballovarre, 22, of Oslo, Norway, and Paul Martin Brasch, 32, of New Zealand.

Cambodian police released images online that appeared to show clothed and laughing tourists imitating sexual positions.

Images of tourists released by Cambodian police. (Photo: Cambodia police/AP)
Images of tourists released by Cambodian police. (Photo: Cambodia police/AP)

However several people in the pictures from the party do not appear among those held, reports say.

Britain's Foreign Office said it was providing assistance to the arrested UK nationals.

Police said the private villa was a stop on an organised pub crawl, the Press Association reported.

One member of the group told PA from prison that about 30 police officers had entered the villa in a "confusing" raid.

"They raided, rounded us up, there was about 80 to 100 people at this party, some of them were tourists."

They said they did not understand why they were being held, adding that they saw one of the arrested men vomiting in shock.

The group said they had been sleeping on the floor of an office at a police station in Siem Reap for several days and stressed that they had been treated well, saying officers were friendly and had brought them pizza.

Siem Reap is popular with tourists because it is close to the famous ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's biggest tourist site.

Its nightlife scene has rapidly grown over the past few years as it has become more accessible to backpackers and budget travellers.

An official Cambodian police statement referenced pornography and dancing in publicising the arrests. Ten suspects had been charged following an investigation by the office combating human trafficking and protection of juveniles, it stated.

Duong Thavry, chief of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department in Siem Reap, told AFP the group were arrested "because they committed activities that are against our culture".

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