Cambodia deports Westerners charged with 'dirty dancing'

Some of the 10 foreigners arrested for ‘porn dancing’ in Siem Reap. AFP

Some of the 10 foreigners arrested for ‘porn dancing’ in Siem Reap. AFP

Cambodia has deported seven of the ten foreign tourists charged with producing pornography.

Ten young Westerners - five from the United Kingdom, two from Canada, and one each from Norway, the Netherlands and New Zealand - were detained when police raided a party at a rented villa in Siem Reap town and found people who said they had been "dancing pornographically" and offended Cambodian standards of morality.

The foreigners were part of a group of ten people held in connection with the promotion of a party in the tourist town of Siem Reap.

The 10 were arrested on January 25th, along with 77 other foreigners, in a raid on an event called the "Pub Crawl or Let's Get Wet" in Siem Reap province, home to the ancient Angkor Wat ruins.

The Brits - along with two Canadians and a man from New Zealand - were granted bail on the basis they did not organise the party and have now been allowed to leave the country, although the charges have not been dropped.

"A judge said that they must leave the country, that they must not return, and that they must not gather in a group and party", he said.

Three others will face trial and, if convicted, could face up to a year in prison.

Cambodia, a conservative Buddhist country, is a popular destination for tourists backpacking through southeast Asia.

Although the temples of Angkor Wat are considered sacred, the nearby town of Siem Reap is known for its lively nightlife, bars and restaurants.

Police said the 77 people who attended the party were freed after being "educated" over their "unacceptable" behaviour.