Indians pulled into Cambodia cryptocurrency scam demand more local jobs as ‘quick money dream’ sours

India recently rescued dozens of its citizens who were forced to run online scams in the Southeast Asian nation.

Starved and locked in a room under round-the-clock video surveillance, Dinabandhu Sahu spent sleepless nights wondering if he would ever again see his family back home in India after he was duped into a job scam in Cambodia.

Sahu jumped at the chance to earn US$900 a month in Vietnam as a data entry operator with free meals and accommodation last June after working a string of short-lived jobs in similar fields which paid a fraction of the wage he was promised abroad.

“Even though my family members insisted I shouldn’t go, I felt relieved when I got this offer,” said Sahu, who hoped the new job would help him clear debts of 350,000 rupees (US$4,190).

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