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Foreigners on porn charges in Cambodia

Police in Cambodia have charged a group of 10 tourists, including one New Zealander, for allegedly making pornographic material.

Ten foreigners including a New Zealander charged with producing pornographic photos during a party near the Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat temple complex have denied any wrongdoing, a prosecutor says.

Still there was "enough evidence to prove that they violated the law, and therefore, they must face charges," Siem Reap provincial court prosecutor Samrith Sokhon said on Monday.

The 10 charged on Sunday included New Zealander Paul Martin Brasch, 32.

Five were from the United Kingdom, two from Canada and one each from Norway and the Netherlands. Since they are in jail they could not be reached from comment.

Police said they raided a rented villa in Siem Reap on Thursday where the foreigners were taking part in what organisers called a pub crawl and found people "dancing pornographically." While almost 90 foreigners were detained, all but 10 were released.

Photos released by police showed clothed young adults rolling around together on a dance floor.

On Sunday the 10 were formally charged with producing pornographic pictures, which the prosecutor said were then posted on social media.

The Khmer Times, an English-language newspaper close to the government, said some of the events were known as "Let's Get Wet."

A Facebook page for Let's Get Wet parties in Siem Reap advertised what it billed as "Asia's biggest pool crawl." It also said every Thursday it offered "a whole day of partying in a Villa Mansion just out of town with hundreds of other backpackers" and featuring a DJ, barbecue and pool.

Photos on the Facebook page showed young people in bikinis and swimsuits at pool parties.

Calls to the number listed on the page rang unanswered on Monday.

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