Lindsey Adams, 22, and her year-old sister Leslie were discovered taking "nude pictures" inside the Preah Khan temple at the world heritage site on Friday, the Apsara Authority -- the government agency managing the Angkor complex -- said in a statement. It is the second time in the last fortnight that tourists visiting the sprawling temple complex have been caught without their clothes. Three French tourists were deported last weekend after they pleaded guilty to taking nude pictures of each other inside another temple within the complex. Chau Sun Kerya, a spokeswoman for the Apsara Authority, said the women's actions were offensive because Angkor is considered sacred ground. But their inappropriate activities affect the sanctity of the place," she told AFP.
Tourists jailed for Angkor nude photos
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Three French tourists have been arrested by Cambodian authorities for taking nude photos of each other inside the country's famed Angkor temple complex, officials said Friday. The male tourists were discovered inside the Banteay Kdei temple at the world heritage site on Thursday, Chau Sun Kerya, spokeswoman for the Apsara Authority - the government agency managing the Angkor complex - told AFP. Keat Bunthan, a senior heritage police official in northwestern Siem Reap province, confirmed the nationalities of the arrested and said many Cambodians would be offended by the tourists' actions. Nobody should take nude pictures at ancient temples," he told AFP. The Apsara Authority said in a statement that the three tourists have "admitted they really made a mistake by taking nude pictures". The tourists were caught just days after a series of photos of Asian women posing nude at ancient Cambodian temples went viral online and outraged officials. The Angkor Archaeological Park, a world heritage site, contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, dating from the 9th to the 15th century and is Cambodia's most popular tourist destination. Thousands took to the streets across Asia for International Women's Day on Sunday even as the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of events in the region.
Cambodia deports Chinese nude photo online scammers
Gen Ouk Haiseila, chief of the Immigration Investigation Bureau, said the 74 suspects left the Cambodian capital Thursday on a plane sent by the Chinese government. Online-based scams by Chinese gangs that operate from foreign countries and target mainland Chinese are common throughout Southeast Asia. Indonesia deported more than Chinese and Taiwanese nationals in August who were accused of scamming businesspeople and politicians in China out of millions. The general said the gang in Cambodia contacted women over social media and tricked them into sending nude or erotic photos. Members of the gang, which included 14 women, then extorted money by threatening to circulate the images online. Thousands took to the streets across Asia for International Women's Day on Sunday even as the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of events in the region.
The incidents are also upsetting to ordinary Cambodians, for whom the Khmer-era complex holds enormous spiritual and historical significance. In January, three French men in their 20s were deported after they were caught taking nude photographs at Angkor complex. Another photo showing a topless woman at the site has circulated on social media, but officials believe it is fake, according to Chau Sun.