Cambodian Online Gaming, Fraud, Human Trafficking Compound Raided

A joint task force comprised of Cambodian and Chinese law enforcement raided a compound in Phnom Penh on Friday, seizing equipment connected to illegal online gaming and internet fraud.

More than 200 people were detained at the large, gated complex in the Sen Sok area of the Cambodian capital. These included Chinese, Vietnamese, and other nationals, most of whom are believed to be victims of trafficking and extortion.

The news comes amid an alarming number of accounts of similar compounds believed to be controlled by Chinese criminal gangs in the land-locked Communist country. The compound managers allegedly confiscate victims’ passports and force them to work in sophisticated internet scams, according to the reports.

Last week, police in the southwest coastal city of Sihanoukville was met with a volley of gunfire as they raided another gated compound. Inside, they found evidence of illegal online gambling and cryptocurrency scamming activities, as well as possible cross-border people trafficking, bonded slave labor, and sex trafficking.

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