Cambodian Police Raid Over 10000 Gambling Dens Nationwide
Cambodian police have raided more than 10,000 suspected illegal gambling establishments and taken legal action against 127 of them, authorities have revealed.
National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun stated that the raids had taken place over the course of a month following a recent order from Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen to crackdown on all forms of illegal gambling.
“From September 15 to October 13, authorities raided the suspected locations and took legal action against 127 locations,” Kham said.
“Authorities have collected evidence to send to court and build a case against 273 people, including 56 foreigners representing 11 nationalities.”
The Lieutenant General added that many locations had not been charged due to the lack of concrete evidence but that owners of these establishments had been required to sign contracts specifying that they would not engage in illegal gambling activities.
The Prime Minister’s recent order had been given in response to an increase in reported cases of human trafficking and kidnappings linked to the rampant casino industry in the Southeast Asian country, with 56 Vietnamese workers fleeing a casino in Bavet in mid-September. A similar instance in which around 40 detained workers fled across the Cambodia-Vietnam border made headlines only weeks earlier.