Cambodian casinos spell hell for thousands of trafficking victims

The recent escapes and rescues of foreigners who worked in Cambodia under a slavery has highlighed the human trafficking problem in the country, where Chinese mafias use young Southeast Asian people to work in casinos and other businesses with apparent impunity.

The problem, denounced in recent months by various organizations, has recently gained notoriety following a leaked video showing the distressing escape of 42 Vietnamese people from a casino in southern Cambodia where they were kept in subhuman conditions.

Pursued by guards armed with batons and metal rods, the escapees from the Golden Phoenix Entertainment Casino managed on Aug. 18 to jump into the Binh Di River, which marks the border between Cambodia and Vietnam, and swim across the 70 meters that separate the countries.

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