Trafficking Victim Says Captors Harvested His Blood for Months

The man is the latest to come forward alleging disturbing abuse in the Cambodian city of Sihanoukville, which has grown into a haven for Chinese scammers.

Lying prone in his hospital bed, visibly bloated and physically weak, a man in his early 30s receives a steady supply of blood as he takes a stream of video calls from eager journalists.

The man, dubbed Xiao Li by Chinese press, was admitted to the hospital in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on Feb. 11. The story he told medical staff about what had brought him there, the one that would soon also grip Chinese media, was a disturbing one.

Xiao Li said that he was the victim of human trafficking, and that he had endured months of abuse, including having his blood harvested on seven occasions, at the hands of his captors.

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