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    Mar 14, 2014

    Peru frowns on tourists who strip for pics Peru frowns on tourists who strip for pics


    POLICE detained four male tourists, two Australians and two Canadians, for several hours on Wednesday after they filmed and took nude photos at Peru's famed Machu Picchu, the local authorities said.

    The culture ministry has put up signs at the world-famous Inca site warning people that taking their clothes off there was a "crime against culture" and would lead to immediate expulsion from the area.

    The Australians, 22 and 24, used a camcorder while the Canadians, both 20, used an iPhone, the police said.

    It was not immediately clear if the four men acted together, separately or individually.

    "We have redoubled efforts for continuous surveillance and monitoring of the site" so that security personnel can intervene to stop exhibitionist photography, the ministry said.

    The latest incidents came after Peru vowed to step up surveillance at its famous historical sites to counter a growing trend of tourists taking nude photos, including at Machu Picchu, and then posting them online.

    The ministry called on visitors to help protect the historical sites and to "be alert to this kind of attitude that's solely aimed at getting attention". The authorities are also worried over a recent spate of graffiti attacks.

    Last week, the famous 12-Angle Stone - an example of intricate Incan masonry and design - was hit with spray paint, the police said.