Cambodia expels latest nude photo tourists

PHNOM PENH – Two sisters from the U.S. have become the latest foreign tourists expelled for taking naked photographs in Cambodia’s ancient Angkor complex, local media reported Monday.

Lindsay Adams, 22, and her sister Leslie, 20, were discovered by guards at Preah Khan temple last week photographing each other and were deported Saturday.

The Cambodia Daily reported the sisters were convicted on pornography and indecency charges by Siem Reap Provincial Court, which passed six-month suspended jail sentences and deported them to Thailand.

Their case came a week after three Frenchmen were kicked out of the country for taking similar pictures at Banteay Kdei temple.

Last month, a Finn, an Italian and a Briton were deported after they were pictured for taking a naked motorbike ride through the countryside of Kandal province, which neighbors Phnom Penh.

Authorities are also investigating a series of images depicting an Asian woman posing naked in the Angkor complex, a world heritage site that covers 400 square kilometers (250 square miles) and contains the remains of Khmer capitals dating from the 9th to 15th centuries.

Ho Vandy, co-chairman of the government-private sector tourism working group, called for a crackdown on such behavior and for foreign visitors to respect Cambodian culture.

“I wish to see law enforcement strengthened from the local authorities and the Apsara authority,” he told The Anadolu Agency, referring to the organization that manages the sprawling Angkor Archaeological Park.

“Why is Cambodia concerned? Because [the] Cambodian people and the government try to encourage cultural and natural tourism. We don’t want to see any bad image.”

Referring to foreign visitors, he added: “They must show good behavior to the authorities and local people. They must respect our culture.”

According to the Ministry of Tourism, 4 million people visited Cambodia last year. Angkor is the country’s most popular attraction.

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