In a cross border joint operation by Thai and Cambodian police on April 11, 66 Thai nationals were rescued from captivity in Cambodia. They were used as forced labour to run telephone scams and criminal activities. As confirmed by Reuters, Thai and Cambodian police uncovered and broke up what they said was part of a wider Chinese-run transnational crime racket. Chinese crime networks has ensnared thousands of people from around Asia in recent years.

As reported by victim families, more than 800 Thai men and women were sent to Cambodia by human trafficking. They were then sold to a conman for $3000 per person. In a statement, Thai assistant national police commissioner Surachate Hakparn told “Those who refuse get assaulted, some get whipped, others get electrocuted. Some get beaten up and others get locked in dark rooms and are not given food. He added that more than 1,000 Thais are still working in scam call centers in cities like Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Poipet.

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