Loan sharks have been active in the region, including in countries like the Philippines and Cambodia. Casino and gambling-related debts and crime has been on the rise.
On Sunday, the Preah Sihanouk provincial military police arrested six Chinese nationals. Those arrested have been charged for kidnapping and confining 10 of their countrymen over casino debt.
Commenting on the arrests, Brigadier General Heng Bunty, commander of the provincial military police, confirmed that the six accused were loan sharks who were working for a casino in Cambodia’s gambling hub of Sihanoukville.