Hundreds of Thai Chinese rescued from scammers in Cambodia

At least 700 Thais have been rescued from Chinese gangs on the border with Cambodia in recent months. Thai police reported that the victims had been promised normal work. While there, they had to scam their compatriots in Thailand over the phone.

The forced labor was performed from the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. This place is known as a haven for Chinese criminal organizations. More than 20 recruited Thais were taken to a building in Sihanoukville on Sunday. The building is isolated from the outside world with barbed wire and secured with cameras.

many more victims

According to Thai police, about 1,500 Thai citizens are still imprisoned for gangs in Sihanoukville.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Malays, Vietnamese, Indonesians and Filipinos were possibly drawn to Cambodia under false pretenses. Just last week, 16 Malaysian civilians were rescued from a similar location by Cambodian police.

Unemployment due to the epidemic

As a result of the corona pandemic, more and more people in Southeast Asia are vulnerable to such scams. The tourism sector, an important source of income, has been hit hard. Many people became unemployed and poverty rose sharply, often due to the lack of a social safety net.

“Normally I don’t trust people easily,” an anonymous victim from Thailand told Al Jazeera news channel. “But we were desperate for a job. The broker said we could make $2,000 a month.

Source: NOS