East Africa governments need to act on nationals trapped in Southeast Asia cyber slavery

Ugandans, Kenyans, Ethiopians and Egyptians are among those forced into cyber-slavery scams in Myanmar and Cambodia.

Governments in East Africa need to act to reduce the risks of more of their citizens being trapped in cyber slavery in Southeast Asia, Mina Chiang, director of the Humanity Research Consultancy, tells The Africa Report.

Countries including Myanmar and Cambodia in recent years have been used by Chinese organised crime gangs to set up cyber-scamming compounds. Those who work in them are tasked with defrauding people seeking to find a new relationship online.

Many of the slaves and their financial victims are Chinese. But the cyber gang masters know that the richest pickings are to be found in the English-speaking world. They have increasingly sought to lure young English speakers from areas, including East Africa, under the false promise of well-paid, legitimate employment.

In full: https://www.theafricareport.com/339457/east-africa-governments-need-to-act-on-nationals-trapped-in-southeast-asia-cyber-slavery/

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