Tourists face jail for 'porn dance' antics in Cambodia

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Cambodia has arrested 10 foreigners for "singing and dancing pornographically", police said Sunday, as the kingdom cracks down on racy behaviour at popular tourist sites.

A Cambodian expatriate website published images released by police of clothed tourists demonstrating sexual positions on the floor of the villa during a party.

The tourists were manning a barbecue at a villa party at 4pm local time (9am GMT) when police arrived and began picking out people, the group member said, according to a report in The Telegraph.

The prosecutor of the Siem Reap provincial court, Samrith Sokhon, told the Associated Press that the people who took the photos also posted them on social media, in violation of the country's laws against producing pornography and human trafficking.

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.

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.

Cambodian police released images of the alleged offense, along with a group picture of those arrested.

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All ten were today charged with producing pornographic pictures.

Cambodian authorities have pushed back with increasing force against tourists who do not show the appropriate respect to the nation's cultural treasures.

They said: "Honestly, it was really confusing". 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". Everyone was confused. They raided, rounded us up - there were about 80 to 100 people at this party.

Before appearing in court on Sunday, the Britons protested their innocence and said they were "trying to keep a good vibe".

The prisoner added: "Our parents are doing what they can".

"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. The 10 could face a year in jail if convicted.

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

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