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‘Dancing Pornographically’ Lands 10 In Cambodian Jail

David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

Two Canadians are among 10 arrested in Cambodia for “dancing pornographically” and allegedly producing pornographic pictures.

As AP reports, Cambodian police originally detained 90 foreigners for partying at the historic Angkor Wat temple located in Siem Reap and took them to the capitol of Phnom Penh for assessment. Police formally arrested 10 of the suspects.

The group facing charges includes five Britons, two Canadians, one Norwegian, one New Zealander and a Dutch national. They were attending an event billed as a “pub crawl” when the police arrived to investigate.

According to a Sunday police statement, the authorities discovered photos of the suspects bumping and grinding on the dance floor. The website includes several of the purported pictures, though none of the people in the images are nude. The Cambodian prosecutor in charge of the case says those charged distributed their photos on the internet.

If convicted of “dancing pornographically” and sharing the experience on social media, the foreigners could be jailed for up to a year.

“Any people producing pornography is contrary to Cambodia’s traditions,” the prosecutor said.

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