T he Ministry of Tourism has ordered restaurants, night clubs and karaoke bars
and massage parlors in Cambodia to stop topless and naked dancing to entertain
In a regulation issued on Jan 25, the ministry said some
restaurants, night clubs and karaoke and massage parlors had broken the
regulation of the Ministry of Tourism by hiring young topless and naked dancers
Such a move has spoiled the dignity and the national tradition of the
country, the ministry said.
The ministry threatened the closure and the
confiscation of business license if any restaurants, night clubs, karaoke and
massage parlors which do not obey the regulation.
There are now four
night clubs in Phnom Penh which entertain their customers with naked dancers
from Vietnam and Thailand.
When asked about the report, several long-time
expatriates in the capital said they were unaware of any entertainment
establishments providing topless or naked dancing girls.
Karaoke bars and
nightclubs were unknown entities prior to UNTAC's arrival-AKP