Hundreds of foreigners held in Cambodian dragnet

Search for Chinese nationals missing at sea continues.

Cambodian police have detained 469 foreigners after a three-day operation was conducted across the southern port town of Sihanoukville amid a crackdown on human trafficking, illegal gambling and prostitution. Half were classified as illegal immigrants.

The dragnet was ordered by Prime Minister Hun Sen in addition to regular crackdowns on human trafficking and Chinese criminal syndicates, blamed for luring thousands of people from across Asia into “slave compounds” where they were forced to work telecom rackets.

Local police said of those detained 236 were classified as illegal immigrants and included 99 Chinese, two Taiwanese, 122 Vietnamese, five Malaysians, five Thais, three Indians and one each from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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