Caught in Cambodia: 16 North Koreans Busted for Operating Illicit Chinese Gambling Site

Law enforcement officers in Cambodia recently arrested 16 North Korean nationals for their roles in running an illegal gambling operation with ties to China.

The North Koreans, who weren’t identified by Cambodian authorities, were working as information technology (IT) staffers for an unnamed Chinese online gambling outfit. The Southeast Asian country, which borders Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, passed legislation last year prohibiting online gaming and that law went into effect on Jan. 1.

Brigadier General Chea Kimsan said the North Koreans entered Cambodia using tourist visas and overstayed those permits, proceeding to work for the Chinese gaming concern for over a year.

Cambodia is a member of the United Nations (UN), which has levied an array of sanctions against North Korea, including prohibiting citizens from the country from working in other nations.

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