Philippines urged to ‘protect Chinese citizens’ amid kidnapping wave in gambling sector

Philippines urged to ‘protect Chinese citizens’ amid kidnapping wave in gambling sector

Victims include workers or gamblers who accumulate debt and are held hostage by the casino or their employers. Some victims are turned over to syndicated collectors who may belong to criminal rings. These victims are tortured and threatened while their families in China are extorted. Photo: Shutterstock

  • China’s envoys in Manila, local Filipino-Chinese community concerned about Chinese women reportedly being targeted in gambling-related kidnappings
  • Many such incidents typically go unreported and victims are often reluctant to cooperate with police, fearing further threats

Victims include workers or gamblers who accumulate debt and are held hostage by the casino or their employers. Some victims are turned over to syndicated collectors who may belong to criminal rings. These victims are tortured and threatened while their families in China are extorted. Photo: Shutterstock

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