Westerners Facing Pornography Charges in Cambodia


Westerners Facing Pornography Charges in Cambodia

Ten foreigners, including five Britons, charged with producing pornographic photos during a party near Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple complex have denied any wrongdoing, a prosecutor said Monday. That's until Cambodian police reportedly raided their rented villa the next day and arrested them.

"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),"CNN reports that the suspects said anonymously".

Ten Westerners arrested in Cambodia for allegedly posting photos on social media showing themselves engaged in sexually suggestive dancing may have offended local standards of morality, but should be expelled from the country rather than jailed, one of their lawyers said Tuesday.

The accused were taken into custody by authorities on Thursday, according to a Cambodian police statement.

Lawyer Sourng Sophea told Khmer Times that his clients were innocent of the charges laid against them by the court, arguing that the criminal case against them was unreasonable.

CNN has attempted to contact the organizers of the party, which had been advertised on a Facebook group, but have yet to receive a response.

The arrests are part of an emerging pattern in the Southeast Asian country.

The group spent three days in an office-turned-cell at the Siem Reap police station, where the tourists were understood to have been treated by well by officials, getting food, beer and pizza.

It was alleged the people involved allegedly posed in sex positions at a party called "Let's Get Wet".

More than two million tourists visited Siem Reap in 2016, up from 599,675 in 2006.

Meanwhile, Brasch's family say they don't know what's going on.

The organization claims to offer "Cambodia's premier backpackers parties" that give travelers free drinks and several pools to party in, The Sun reported. "I don't think the pictures constitute pornography".

The lawyer for the 10 foreigners arrested have not yet provided him with the evidence of their crime. According to the law, he said, they should be deported or have their visas cancelled, but should not be held in pretrial detention. Prosecutors say the 10 have been charged with producing pornographic pictures and other materials, and face at least one year in jail if convicted.