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Australian arrested for child porn

SIEM Reap provincial court on Sunday ordered the detention of an Australian national, a day after he was stopped at Siem Reap International Airport in possession of 114 pornographic video clips of European and Asian minors.

Sun Bunthorng, chief of the provincial Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Unit, said the arrest was made based on information from anti-paedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants.

The 39-year-old accused would remain in prison until the necessary investigations are carried out, he said, adding that police had confiscated two laptops as evidence.

Sun Bunthorng said it was unclear whether any of the video clips were of Cambodian children, but that further investigations would make it clear.

“One boy was found and brought for interrogation and the accused might face charges of purchasing child prostitution,” he said.

Samleang Seila, APLE’s country director, said the group had monitored Ayres for a long time prior to his arrest.

“We are now working in cooperation with police officials to find out whether or not the video clips were Cambodian children,” he said.

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