The 10 tourists could face up to a year in prison and fines as high as $500 per person
A group of 10 tourists were charged by Cambodian officials and now face up to one year in prison after Cambodian police officials found them dancing in "pornographic" positions nearby a famed tourist attraction.
Roughly 77 tourists were arrested after police raided a rental villa on Thursday to discover participants “dancing in a pornographic mode,” according to a police report Cambodian official released on Saturday. While most of the tourists were released, the 10 charged could face up to one year in prison, officials said, according to the Associated Press. The Phnom Penh Post reports the charges could add up to fines as high as $500 per person.
Authorities told the AP that participants were participating in what officials believed was a pub crawl in the town Siem Reap, near the country’s famed Angkor Wat temple, which currently holds the Guinness World Records for the world’s largest religious structure. Participants had posted images of themselves in "pornographic" dancing positions on social media, officials told the AP.
The 10 individuals arrested include five British nationals, two Canadians, one Norwegian traveler, one traveler from the Netherlands, and one tourist from New Zealand. Britain’s Foreign Office is currently providing assistance to the five British tourists involved in the incident as the 10 await further proceedings, according to the BBC.
This is not the first time tourists in trouble in Cambodia for behavior deemed inappropriate. The country has arrested multiple groups of travelers for posing nude in front of the landmark, including three French men who were arrested and charged $750 each before being deported from the country.
The issue has been such a problem, Cambodian officials have even posted flyers asking visitors to avoid taking their clothes off near the Angkor Wat temple.