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…

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