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Japanese photographer to face trial

Japanese photographer to face trial

The Siem Reap provincial court will try a Japanese man next week on charges of producing pornography, though the defendant claims the photos were part of an inoffensive project shot in connection with the recently-concluded Angkor Photo Festival.

Chea Heng, deputy chief of Siem Reap’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection office, said Go Takayama had been arrested last month after he hired a Cambodian man and a female sex worker to take him to photograph women at a brothel in Siem Reap district’s Thvay Dangkum commune.

Police discovered 78 illicit photos on Go Takayama’s camera that depicted sex workers in Siem Reap, he added.

“I think this is a serious offence that has affected Cambodian women and society,” he said. “We request the court to punish him strongly in accordance with the law.”

But Jessica Lim, coordinator assistant for the Angkor Photo Festival, said Go Takayama’s photos depicted a single married couple and did not include any nudity, though she acknowledged that she had not had the chance to scrutinise them closely as she had only seen thumbnail photos.

“The couple, in some of the pictures they’re posing next to each other, as in a portrait shot, and in others they’re standing there hugging each other,” Lim said.

“There’s absolutely no nudity… there’s nothing you can see. If anything, it’s the viewer’s imagination.”

Lim said Go Takayama had traveled to Cambodia to participate in a workshop as part of the photo festival.

“The idea of him looking for sex workers and being asked to be taken to brothels – I think both are extremely inaccurate,” she said....read the full story in tomorrow’s Phnom Penh Post or see the updated story online from 3PM UTC/GMT +7 hours.

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