Genesis of a latter-day Asian slavery market

How human trafficking moved from Cambodia to Myanmar to Pakistan.

Frustrations are running deep among international law enforcement agencies and regional governments over their limited abilities to cope with human trafficking and organized crime rings that have revolutionized an industry that turns ordinary citizens into slaves.

Interpol says human trafficking and scam compounds in Southeast Asia are worth more than US$3 trillion in illicit revenue a year since emerging from Cambodia’s south coast during the Covid-19 pandemic, where Chinese syndicates honed their criminal enterprises with impunity.

Cambodia has insisted the scourge has been exaggerated by journalists, despite the rescue and repatriation of thousands of people from across Asia who were duped into accepting false job offers and then forced into “pig butchering” out of hidden compounds in secret locations.

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