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After meeting embassies, police still not speaking on foreigners’ arrest for ‘producing pornography’

A photo posted by the National Police of the 10 foreigners detained for "producing pornographic photographs" in Siem Reap. National Police
A photo posted by the National Police of the 10 foreigners detained for "producing pornographic photographs" in Siem Reap. National Police

After meeting embassies, police still not speaking on foreigners’ arrest for ‘producing pornography’

Despite growing international media attention on the arrest of 10 foreigners during a Siem Reap pool party, authorities remained tightlipped yesterday over the circumstances of the raid and the court proceedings against attendees, who are accused of “producing pornography”.

Local authorities declined to comment on the case, however a police official who asked to remain anonymous said embassy officials had met with police officers to discuss the case but did not give further details. The 10 foreigners include five British and two Canadian citizens, as well as Dutch, Norwegian and New Zealand nationals.

The group of foreigners was arrested on Thursday during a pool party in Siem Reap town’s Svay Dangkum commune and have since been charged under the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation’s clause on pornography. They could face up to one year in prison.

While the exact nature of the alleged crime remains unclear, a police report said that authorities found used condoms, and people drinking and dancing “very sexually” around a pool at a party organised by the “Let’s Get Wet” pub crawl.

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