Hundreds of Indians rescued from online fraud companies

Now the Indian government has rescued 250 Cambodian citizens who were forced to commit online fraud.

India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that they promised to work but were “forced” to work online illegally.

Latest reports say that more than 5,000 Indians living in Cambodia have been forced into online fraud schemes.

Hundreds of thousands of Indians from Cambodia and around the world are estimated to be victims of human trafficking in Southeast Asia.

Victims, who are mostly young and skilled, are promised jobs and then diverted into illegal online businesses, including money laundering and money laundering. In August 2023, the United Nations reported that at least 120,000 people were in Myanmar and another 100,000 in Cambodia were forced to commit online fraud.

They were forced into slave labor in Southeast Asia
Hundreds of thousands of people were deceived in Southeast Asia: United Nations

This is the truth about the rescue of victims in Southeast Asia. In March, police rescued hundreds of people from a scam center in the Philippines where they were forced to deceive people by pretending to be real people online. Over the past few weeks, China has deported hundreds of Chinese people from illegal detention centers in Myanmar.

Last week, Indian Foreign Minister Randhir Jaiswal said the country was working with Cambodian authorities to “kill” people working in this fraud scheme.

While India says it has rescued 75 people in the last three months, it is not known when the rest will arrive.

The BBC has emailed the Cambodian Embassy in India seeking comment.

Last week, the Indian Express reported that the Indian Embassy in Phnom Penh had received 130 complaints about Indians being detained against their will in Cambodia.

They are among thousands of people in India accused of forcing people to cheat or, in some cases, posing as police officers to steal money from them.

Victims in India were defrauded of at least 5 billion rupees in total. The newspaper stated that India lost 59 million dollars in the last six months; £47 million.

The newspaper, in its statement, quoted an official from the Indian Embassy in Cambodia as saying that they receive four to five complaints every day from Cambodian prisoners after they get a middle-class job.

One of the rescuers, known only as Stephen, told the newspaper that he was recruited by a representative from the southern Indian city of Mangaluru and given the information he needed to access Jobs in Cambodia.

He said that after arriving in the country, he was asked to create fake social media accounts with photos of women and use them to contact people.

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