BBC report on human trafficking irks Cambodia

Cambodian authorities have dismissed a BBC report into human trafficking that highlighted a “pig butchering romance scam” allegedly part of operations run by criminal syndicates in the southern port town of Sihanoukville.

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration said investigations were launched in response to a March 8 report by the UK broadcaster claiming that four Chinese nationals were confined, tortured, and forced to work online romance scams.

“This video, by no means, reflected the reality of the current situation,” the administration said in a statement, “and made wrongful conclusions and groundless allegations.”

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