Officers punished for video-taping nude sex workers

2010-11-22 09:33

Hanoi, Vietnam – Vietnamese police said today they would punish six policemen for video-taping the arrest of two naked prostitutes and allegedly posting it on the internet.

“This is an unacceptable action and we will not tolerate it,” Cam Pha town police chief Nguyen Quoc Tien said. “Surely we will punish them after the investigation ends.

A video clip showing the two naked women and a shirtless man in a hotel room while six officers in civilian clothing were questioning them and taking notes, triggered public outrage last week.

According to the state-run newspaper Tin Tuc, the video was taken on June 29 during a police crackdown.

It showed the two women trying cover themselves with their hands, but they were ordered to stand and put their hands up for one policeman to film and take pictures with his camera phone.

The officers “declared they just took pictures and filmed for evidence, but didn’t understand why the film appeared on the internet,” Tien said.

“They were not allowed to do that,” he said. “There was no procedural reason to film them.”

Tien said the video had badly damaged the reputation of the police and caused public outrage.

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