Cambodia shut its borders when COVID-19 struck, giving rise to new wave of trafficking, with stranded foreign workers and tourists lured into working for fraudulent investment schemes
* 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…