Cambodia raids illegal casinos, arrests 500 people

Cambodian media reported that 500 people were arrested in a crackdown on large-scale illegal gambling over the weekend.

After the crackdown on illegal gambling from Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17, Cambodian authorities conducted a number of large-scale raids in the capital Phnom Penh and the port city of Sihanoukville, arresting about 500 people. Khmer Times news today.

In Sihanoukville, more than 400 foreigners were arrested on September 17. Authorities raided Boeng Chheng international entertainment company in Sangkat 3 and found evidence of illegal online gambling.

Cambodian authorities raid an illegal gambling establishment on September 17.  Photo: Khmer Times.

Cambodian authorities raided an illegal gambling establishment over the weekend. Image: Khmer Times.

In the capital Phnom Penh, authorities raided a gambling den in the Tonle Bassac . district on the afternoon of September 17, arrested a number of suspects and seized gambling equipment. Another 11 people were also arrested in the Boeung Keng Kang district.

In the Sen Sok district, law enforcement raided an illegal gambling den at the Josibiyako pub in the early hours of September 18 and arrested 12 people.

Authorities also raided several other districts in the capital, including two in Chbar Ampov, three in Russey Keo, four in Chroy Changva, six in Toul Kork and eight in Kambol.

Cambodian authorities vowed to continue to check suspected illegal businesses and warned of strict legal action against foreigners working illegally in the country.

Hun Sen previously warned that he would “not hesitate to fire provincial, city and local officials, as well as police officers who neglect their responsibilities”. He emphasized that gambling does not bring benefits to the national economy, but also causes many people to become addicted and sell out their possessions.

Police take statements during a raid on an illegal casino facility in Cambodia, September 17.  Photo: Khmer Times.

Police take statements during a raid on an illegal casino facility in Cambodia, September 17. Image: Khmer Times.

Cambodia started to develop a casino industry in the late 1990s, building many casinos in border towns and resorts like Sihanoukville to attract foreign tourists, while banning its citizens from participating. gambling activities. The gambling industry really exploded in 2017, when Chinese businessmen flocked to Sihanoukville to race to open casinos.

Sihanoukville has become an attractive place for Chinese tourists who want to gamble, because this activity is illegal in China, except for Macau. The Chinese own up to 90% of businesses in the city, opening casinos, hotels, restaurants and clubs.

These establishments have changed the face of Sihanoukville, but with it, online gambling activities, and the infiltration of criminal gangs operating human trafficking and forced labor lines to conduct activities. online scam.

Duc Trung (Theo Khmer Times)

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