The Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration on Monday deported 70 Chinese nationals to their home country over cybercrimes and expired visas after a crackdown on them last month.
Keo Sarin, chief of the aggregation department at the department, confirmed the deportations.“The deportation was due to the previous arrests that were linked online VoIP scams,” he said.
On April 22, immigration police from the municipal police and General Department of Immigration raided two rental homes in Phnom Penh and arrested 121 Chinese nationals in connection with online gambling and Voice over Internet Protocol scams in Tuol Kork district.
Some arrested during the raids were also accused of not having passports or proper visas to be in the country.
Lou Rabo, chief of the immigration bureau with the municipal police, said that he was informed about the deportation.
“I don’t know how many for sure were deported because we did not take part in the deportation yesterday,” he said. “However, those Chinese were arrested by forces from the General Department of Immigration in cooperation with us.”From 2011 to 2017, 1,133 Chinese nationals, including 222 women, were deported to China for offences related to cybercrimes.