Online gambling

Over 30 Indonesian nationals rescued from online gambling syndicate on Kandal, sold to Sihanoukville

Khmer Times has actively reported various cases of rescuing various nationals from human trafficking networks who traded people lured into the online gambling scene across the country, whether in Sihanoukville, Koh Kong, Phnom Penh and the Thai border provinces.

Now Kandal became the latest to be dragged into this quagmire when 44 Indonesian nationals were rescued from online gambling syndicates in the province’s Chrey Thum district on February 26 after days of negotiations and careful planning and coordination. with Cambodian law enforcement and the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh.

Although the rescue of the 44 is not really shocking as such incidents received wide coverage in the Khmer Times and other vernacular media, the exposure that more than 30 of the 44 rescued went through a harrowing period when they were traded like cattle by another online gambling syndicate from Sihanoukville to Chry Thum and moved there.

Like most predicaments faced by foreign nationals working for fraudulent Chinese companies, these Indonesians have been forced to work 12-hour days or more. They also faced threats from the company to reach a number of scam victims daily.

If the recruited workers did not reach the bare minimum, their life became hell.

In order to leave the company, union operators demanded that workers or their families pay between $3,000 and $5,000 as compensation to be released.

More information in Monday’s Khmer Times.