With the crackdown on illegal online gambling intensifying in Cambodia and China, there have been over 1000 arrests so far in 2019.
According to the figures released by China’s Ministry of Public Security, about 1000 suspects have been arrested by Chinese and Cambodian authorities over charges of illegal online gambling, telecommunications fraud and gambling-related organized crimes.
The Chinse state-run media house, Xinhua news, also reports that about 50 percent of these arrests have been made after Cambodia declared a blanket ban on online gambling in the country.
Last month, Cambodia announced a blanket ban on all online gambling activities. A directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen read: “The Royal Government of Cambodia will stop the issuance of online gambling policy and licenses, both within and outside of the Kingdom of Cambodia, from the date of signing this directive.”
“Some foreign criminals have taken refuge in the form of this gambling to cheat and extort money from victims, domestic and abroad, which affect the security, public order and social order.”
The ban on online gambling in Cambodia has triggered a mass exodus of Chinese nationals from the country. According to the estimated figures released by the Cambodian Ministry of Interior, about 120,000 Chinese nationals have left the country since online gambling ban was officially announced. The Ministry said that about 6000 Chinese nationals have been leaving Cambodia every day since the ban was declared.