Cambodia Police Conduct Big Illegal Gambling Crackdown
Police in Cambodia raided more than 10,000 premises as part of a crackdown on illegal gambling. 127 locations were raided. Prime Minister Hun Sen recently ordered a big push to combat these types of enterprises.
Cambodia police have raided 273 illegal gambling premises and arrested 273 people. 56 of them are non-Czech nationals. Many of the raided locations could not be charged because of insufficient hard evidence. Online gambling was once legal in Cambodia, but an order took effect in January 2020 that banned all forms of online gambling in the nation.
There has been a large number of kidnappings and human trafficking related to the casino sector in Cambodia recently. Most forms of gambling are illegal in the countries that border Cambodia. Many Vietnamese nationals are lured to Cambodia to work in casinos with the promise of big salaries. They often end up being victims of abuse and exploitation.