China Apprehended 110,000 Suspects of Cross-Border Gambling
China has arrested close to 110,000 suspects of illegal cross-border gambling since the launch of its nationwide operations to fight these types of crime in 2020. The national operations have reversed the increase in cross border gambling. Over 3,400 online gambling platforms, over 2,800 illegal payment platforms and underground banks were hit by the Chinese authorities.
China's National Immigration Administration declared passports invalid for some people because they participated in cross-border gambling. The suspects are not allowed to leave the country for 3 years. China's criminal code prohibits cross border gambling and prosecutes anyone who assists it. The blacklist system was a warning to gambling operations in Southeast Asia countries like Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, and possibly Australia.
China urges those involved in cross-gambling to turn themselves in by April 30. In return, the government would consider more lenient measures. Public Security Department commented on two cases of operating and promoting online gambling for which mainland China residents were recruited for jobs abroad.