Cambodian police raid alleged cybercrime trafficking compounds

Cambodian authorities said raids are underway this week at suspected cybercrime compounds across the Southeast Asian country, uncovering evidence of human trafficking, illegal confinement and torture.

Regional governments and human rights workers have heaped pressure on Cambodia in recent months to rein in transnational crime rackets that traffic people into the country from across Asia and beyond to work in illegal gambling and linked scam call centres.

Cambodian officials have for months denied reports of abuses and trafficking, but senior officials including Prime Minister Hun Sen have taken a harder stance in recent weeks amid heightened media attention, ordering a crackdown on the shadowy scam operators.

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