Cambodian authorities on Thursday deported 74 Chinese back to China after they were arrested over online money scams, a senior police official told Khmer Times.
Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, the director of the investigation and procedure department of Immigration, said the group of Chinese were arrested in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk when police found they had committed crimes using Voice over Internet Protocol to extort money from their compatriots in China.
Of the 74 Chinese, 14 were women and they were deported via the Phnom Penh International Airport.
On October 5, police in Preah Sihanouk province arrested 84 Chinese nationals and seven Indonesians in the apartments they used to commit their crimes in Commune 3. They were held at the immigration offices in Phnom Penh before being deported.
“China has sent a special aircraft with security personnel to pick them up,” he said, adding that the suspects were handcuffed and escorted by Chinese security while on board.
According to General Heisela, since 2011 until October this year more than 1,100 Chinese nationals have been deported to China for offences related to cybercrime.