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Cambodia deports 74 Chinese over extortion

KHY SOVUTHY / Khmer Times Share:
Chinese nationals being deported for internet extortion. KT/Mai Vireak

A total of 74 Chinese nationals, including 21 women, were deported to China on Thursday after allegedly extorting money from people in China via the internet.

The deportation was arranged by the Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration Police on Thursday morning through Phnom Penh International Airport.

UK Heisela, the Director of the Investigation and Procedure Department at the Interior Ministry’s Immigration General Department, said at Phnom Penh International Airport that the 74 Chinese nationals were arrested on July 1 in Kampot province and Phnom Penh and that they had been involved in extorting money from people in China using internet phone calls, otherwise known as VoiP.

“This is the first VoiP crime in 2017 and previously we deported Chinese nationals more than 10 times,” he said. “The number of Chinese suspects involved in VoiP crimes is more than 500 and they have been deported from Cambodia since we cracked down on this crime,” added Mr Heisela.

He added that more than 1,000 people from 35 countries have been deported this year and more than 10,000 have been ejected from the country since the immigration department was created.

Of those 10,000, the majority were Vietnamese followed by Chinese nationals, he said.

Mr Heisela added that this latest internet crime was different from previous ones because the suspects used pictures of a sexual nature to extort money from people in China.

He said they used women to chat online to male victims and the women showed their naked bodies to the victims, while a third party then threatened to release the conversations and photos to extort money from those targetted.

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