Snakehead behind human trafficking of Taiwanese in Cambodia arrested

Bamboo Union gangster arrested for role in Cambodia human trafficking scam.

Police on Sunday (Aug. 14) arrested a man who is a suspected member of a snakehead ring behind a human trafficking scam that lured Taiwanese to Cambodia.

At 9:55 p.m. on Sunday, six men and three women between the ages of 23 and 42, arrived at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport aboard China Airlines Flight CI-836 from Bangkok, Thailand. Initially, Taiwanese media reported that all nine were victims of a scheme in which they were offered high wages for various positions in Cambodia on social media job postings, only to have their passports seized by trafficking ring operators and forced to engage in telecom scams.

However, one of the returnees wearing a gray sweatshirt and carrying a black bag could be seen with his head tilted down as he arrived at the Taoyuan airport at the front of the line. On Monday (Aug. 15), he was identified as a 42-year-old resident of New Taipei City with the surname Ho (何) and is believed to be a member of the Bamboo Union (竹聯幫), the largest of Taiwan’s three main criminal triads, reported CNA.

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