Cambodia to crack down on casinos, illegal gambling as more human trafficking, kidnapping cases emerge

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has promised to remove any officials who fail to act after ordering a strict crackdown on all forms of illegal gambling over the weekend.

The order, delivered on Saturday, comes amid a dramatic rise in reported cases of human trafficking and kidnappings linked to the rampant casino industry in the Southeast Asian country, with 56 Vietnamese workers fleeing a casino in Bavet on Saturday. A similar instance in which around 40 detained workers fled across the Cambodia-Vietnam border made headlines only weeks earlier.

According to The Khmer Times, the Prime Minister issued an order on Saturday in which he promised consequences for any officials who did not take action against “anarchic” illegal gambling nationwide.

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