UK sanctions nine linked to cyber trafficking in Southeast Asia

The United Kingdom on Friday sanctioned 14 individuals and entities connected to Southeast Asia’s sprawling online scamming industry — the first such designation directly targeting the human traffickers who con workers into carrying out fraud.

The sanctions announced by the Treasury target nine individuals with links to so-called “scam compounds” — where workers are held and forced to carry out scams — in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. They also designated five companies connected to casinos and hotels in Cambodia known to house scam operations.

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