Pornhub couple who filmed X-rated video at holy site charged with blasphemy

A couple who filmed themselves having sex at an ancient temple and posted the clip on Pornhub have been charged with blasphemy.

The pair, both 23 and from Italy, uploaded their romp at a Buddhist temple in Bagan, Burma, to the adult website.

But authorities in Burma have reacted with fury after the clip went viral.

There was social media outcry in the socially conservative country following the posting of the video, filmed in one of the world's holiest sites for Buddhists.

Authorities said they would charge them under the nation's blasphemy laws, which would carry a combined maximum sentence of three years in prison if convicted.

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An anonymous official from Burma's Culture Ministry told 7 Days News that shooting porn at a UNESCO World Heritage site is a concern for the entire nation.

But he admitted that they still have no details on the couple, who post on Pornhub under the channel name YeeesYeeesYeees.

"It is the business of another department to investigate," he said.

"I don't know when they visited and shot the video."

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The 12-minute video was uploaded to Pornhub in December, and clearly shows the thousand-year-old Buddhist pagodas in the background.

It was viewed more than 320,000 times before the 12-minute clip was removed the couple's profile.

The video sparked outrage, with one commenter writing underneath: "How about f****** in a mosque? Your video is kinda like that. Do not give disrespect to other cultures."

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On their profile, the pair describe themselves as "a fun couple, down to earth and open to trying all sorts of new things! We're here to have fun with you!!!"

The couple have been charged under articles 295 and 297 of the Penal Code in Burma for damaging or defiling and trespassing a place of worship.

They have now spoken out in the wake of the row.

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"Sorry to all people who got offended from our work in Myanmar, didn't realise that the video was offensive," they said.

"We didn't go inside any temple. Just outdoors. Hope all this hate that comes from religion will stop and people will start to focus on the real problems on this planet.

"Stop using religion to release your frustration on life, watch our video instead."

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Burma has strict laws on blasphemy, many written when the country was part of the British Empire.

Human rights groups have criticised the laws in the past, with one group claiming: "The articles are so vague and broad that they are easily used to suppress debate and punish those who criticise the government."

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