* Foreigners lured by adverts offering call centre jobs * Held against their will, victims forced into online scams
* Pandemic makes it easier for gangs to exploit foreigners * China links kidnapping, trafficking to online gambling
By Matt Blomberg PHNOM PENH, Sept 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Foreign workers and tourists stranded in Cambodia during the COVID-19 pandemic have been trafficked and forced to work in sophisticated Chinese-run online scams, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found.
In interviews, nine trafficking victims said they were lured by social media adverts promising well-paid jobs in call centres. Instead, they ended up in shuttered hotel casinos and guarded compounds where they had their passports confiscated before being put to work online.