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Further Crackdowns on Cross-Border Gambling and Scams in Myanmar

Casinos like these fuel wild west economies in towns along China's border with Southeast Asian countries, where cross-border scam operations also frequently run on the labor of trafficked people. Image: Ye Aung Thu / AFP

More than 1,200 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in illegal cross-border gambling operations were detained by Myanmar militias and handed over to Chinese authorities on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

In June, China launched an anti-fraud campaign that has so far resulted in the arrest of roughly 17,000 suspects, China Daily reported, without citing their countries of origin.

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